How much will my move cost is one of the most common questions that our customers ask us. And of course, we aim to give them as precise an estimate as we possibly can. The best way to get an accurate estimate for your moving costs is to schedule one of our estimators to come to your place, meet you, and see what’s there to be moved.
If you’d like to start with a more general overview, we can also do that if you give us as much information as you can about your move. Most of what we list here would be discussed during an in-person estimate.
Here is what we typically need to know:
- Is this a business of residential move?
- What kind of building are you moving from? And what kind of building is your new one?
- Are they walk-ups or elevator buildings?
- Does service access include a ramp, flight of stairs, or the required use of multiple elevators?
- Will you be needing short- or long-term storage in addition to moving services?
- Do your buildings have any restrictions around when you can move?
- For example, are moving hours restricted to week days, or are weekends OK too?
- Do you need to reserve an elevator?
- Will the movers need to provide a certificate of insurance?
- Will you pack your own boxes, or would you like movers to pack for you?
- How many rooms of belongings do you have? Is there a basement storage area?
- How many people are living or working there?
- How long have you been at your present space?
- Are there any items to be moved that will require special handling (i.e., piano, major appliances, art, mirrors, computers, office partitions, console printers, safes)?
- Are there any other special considerations like needing a child’s room set up first, specific placement of work stations, desks, shelving, etc.?
Of course, all of this is without talking about the furniture you have. We will want an idea of that, too.
A good mover will ask about these things, either in person, or on the phone. As you can see, doing this by email will quickly get tedious.
While we gain a sense of the scale of your move, you will get a sense of the importance we place on understanding you so we can best work together.