"We move everything!"
For safety reasons, federal laws prohibit moving companies from transporting any hazardous materials including paint, ammunition, propane, and other flammable items, says Randy Shacka, president of Two Men and a Truck. This means your moving company cannot move items that contain gas such as grills and lawnmowers and may not take perishable things like food, plants, or pets. It's up to you to find out what you personally must be responsible for moving so there aren't any surprises on moving day.
"We can play it by ear"
"Reputable moving companies will provide a schedule and stick to it," Mr. Sapir says. "Between May and September are the busiest times of year for most moving companies, and you can expect rates to skyrocket and quality to suffer. Avoid this by booking long in advance and getting your schedule set in stone." You need to know these tricks to make your moving day as stress-free as possible.
"Don't lift a finger, we got this"
Movers usually charge by the hour so some movers will try and maximize the charges by telling you there's nothing you can do, Brill says. As they slowly pack items for you, you will be paying for that extra time spent. If you’re looking to save money, do everything you can beforehand.
"We'll provide all the packing materials"
"Buy your own packaging rather than buying it through the company. It may be cheaper and it'll also allow you to get it sooner. If you head to an office supplies shop or a post office you can pick up strong packaging that will be more than suitable for most of your items," says Max Robinson, owner of Guardian Removals Edinburgh. Here's how to score moving boxes for free.
"We'll save you money using recycled boxes"
Boxes are not the place to go super cheap. "If you pack in boxes that have already been used, they might be damaged which will increase the chance for broken belongings," explains Sebastian Barnet, operations manager at Man and Van Best Move. Next, find out the secrets your real estate agent isn't telling you.