Moving is a stressful time, whether you’re moving across the country or just across the street. In addition to deciding important things like where you’re going to live, you must pack up all your possessions and transport everything to your new place. Not only is it mentally draining to sort through your belongings, but it’s also physically exhausting to box everything and load heavy furniture and appliances on the moving truck. Even if you’re moving a short distance, you might want to enlist some professional moving help to tackle the job.
How To Find Short Distance Moving Companies?
If you’re on the move this year, like 40 million other Americans, then you probably have a lot on your plate. Whether you’re moving for a promotion up the corporate ladder or to have access to better schools for your kids, you may find relocating (while managing the rest of your life) too much to handle on your own. After all, even a short distance move down the street can quickly spiral into chaos. Fortunately, there are plenty of reputable local moving companies in your neck of the woods to transform a moving mess into a seamless experience. Here are some tips to help you find a reputable local moving company for your next move.
Start With Great Guys Moving
The Great Guys Moving network of movers does long distance moves and local moves too. Our team has already done the work of vetting moving companies to ensure they comply with local licensing and insurance regulations. That means, when you use our database to secure local moving quotes, you’ll only receive estimates from licensed, insured moving companies that serve your neighborhood. Just submit one quote and we’ll connect you with up to 4 quality movers that are licensed and insured. All estimates are customized to your specific zip code!
Ask Friends & Family
Though search engines might be the first place you turn for service provider recommendations these days, it never hurts to additionally get referrals from friends and family who have moved recently. Ask them to share their experiences with the moving companies they used. You can show them the list of moving estimates from Great Guys moving partners, so they can weigh in on which company is the best.
Double-Check Licensing & Insurance
While there are some exceptions, most states require moving companies to register and obtain (and maintain) licensing before performing moving services. Along with the licensing requirement, is an obligation to have an active insurance policy. This regulation is intended to protect consumers – only a legitimate mover who has gone to the effort of complying with state laws is worth your time. Be sure to check your state’s database to confirm your mover of choice is up-to-date on licensing and don’t be afraid to ask for proof of insurance.
Check The AMSA Registry
The American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA) is the chief professional organization for moving and storage companies. AMSA sets the standards for the moving industry, so finding a mover that’s a member of AMSA can lend peace of mind. AMSA does provide an alphabetized list of moving company members you can cross-reference.
When In Doubt Use The BBB
The Better Business Bureau has been around for decades. Before you sign on the dotted line, vet your moving company in their database. Here, you can see the company’s BBB rating and read real customer reviews and complaints from moving companies nearby.
Reasons To Hire Professional Local Movers?
Short distance movers specialize in local household and apartment moves within the same city or metropolitan area. Sometimes known as short haul movers, these companies typically provide the labor, truck, and basic moving supplies to relocate your house in several hours. This is the opposite type of move from long distance moving.
Here are a few of the reasons it is important to use a professional mover, and licensed company for your move:
1. It’s Less Work For You
When you hire movers, they handle most of the work for you, leaving you more time and energy to focus on other components of the move. Full-service moving companies offer an array of services to make your relocation go smoothly. Whether you need help packing the moving boxes, disassembling furniture, or temporary storage space, our network of movers provides what you need for a successful move. On moving day, they’ll also do the labor-intensive work of moving heavy furniture and boxes and loading the moving truck. Let someone else take the load off!
2. They Are Professionals
You likely have friends and family that are happy to help you move. But, do they know the best way of getting a couch through a narrow doorway or the best technique for packing your china? Professional movers are trained and help people move every day. They know exactly how to transport your most awkward and fragile items with ease and care, to safeguard your things throughout the move.
3. They Carry Insurance
If you drop and break your TV when moving, you’ll have to come up with the cash to replace it. However, professional movers have insurance to cover damage from moving accidents. Ask your short distance moving company about your coverage options. You may choose to purchase additional coverage if you’re worried about particularly valuable items.
4. These Guys Are Fast
Professional movers expedite the moving process, which is especially helpful for a last-minute move. Not only do you have more people helping, but you also have people who know what they’re doing. Many small moves can be completed in a couple hours.
5. Movers Have Tools & Equipment
Do you have a truck that can hold all the items in your home? Or the correct equipment to haul your furniture and large appliances? What about moving blankets and tie-down straps to secure your items during transport? Your local moving company has all the tools and equipment needed to move your belongings safely, and best of all, it’s included in the price of your move. Instead of renting a truck, dolly, and moving blankets, you can spend that money on hiring movers who do all the work!
What Types Of Short Distance Moving Services Are Available?
Great Guys helps you find cheap rates on the short distance moving services you need to complete your move quickly and efficiently.
- Packing & Unpacking: Boxing your entire home is a job that can take days or weeks to finish. If you’re pressed for time, your movers will bring the packing supplies and do it for you. You can schedule a full-pack or partial pack, at a low, hourly rate.
- Loading & Unloading: Many local customers rent a moving truck to cut down on moving costs. If you still need a hand loading or unloading your rental truck, the moving partners we work with offer hourly assistance.
- Residential Moves: Whether your home is a fancy downtown condo, a third-floor apartment, or a house in the burbs, relocation professionals can make your short, residential move a snap.
- Commercial Moves: Moving your office is a whole different beast, requiring top-notch organization and planning to ensure minimal disruption to your business. Work with a professional moving coordinator and let pro office movers handle your commercial relocation from start to finish.
- Packing Supplies: Most movers offer packing supplies to safely pack your household goods and furniture, such as boxes, tape, bubble wrap, blankets, and shrink wrap.
- Appliances & Specialty Moves: A professional moving company can also help with heavy and awkward items. Items that are more difficult to move include pool tables, refrigerators, grandfather clocks, and pianos, but our team can haul these things with ease.
To book a licensed, short distance mover in your neighborhood, contact Great Guys Moving today! We work hard to make sure your local move goes off without a hitch.