Local Moving Services in Denver--Worth Every Penny - Part 2

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Attaining an Estimate in Denver

You should get an estimate from a couple moving companies. You previously learned the questions they will ask you; read on for several questions you should ask.

Are your crews insured? If it's a company you're not familiar with, request to see a copy of their declarations page for the business insurance policy. Request their damages policy in writing, so that if something breaks you know what the movers will pay for the loss.

Is the hourly rate per man or for the crew? What about additional labor? Most companies will quote an hourly rate for a two or three-man crew. You could think three is unnecessary, but it is worth the expense since that third or even fourth person makes things go a whole lot faster when sharp turns or awkward and heavy things are in the mix. You can have a couple of people doing disassembly and boxing or packing while others do the heavy lifting; these are guys who work together every day and they're a team, and they get the job done diligently. It is not uncommon to have a quote for a two-man crew, and with an upcharge for an additional man, if desired. If your house has four or five bedrooms or you have a big garage, you may require multiple trucks anyway, so think about getting the extra men to get it done in one day.

Do you charge for travel time? Is the crew off the clock for lunches and breaks? Companies fluctuate with the travel charges. Usually, once they arrive at your house, the clock is going. Most times they will stop at a fast food restaurant and eat lunch on the way to the new house, so there isn't very much down time.

What if I just want packing help? That's fine, most companies will give you an a la carte pricing list--you can get everything from tape guns only to a six-man crew that will crate your garden tools if you want them to. The rates for packing generally include supplies--tape, bubble wrap, newsprint paper (the unprinted and clean kind), packing peanuts, and a wide variety of box sizes. Expect an hourly rate quote for a packing team as a basic estimate. Just be sure and glance through the verbiage on the quote so that you know specifically what is and isn’t included.

What if I just want moving help? Some people like to pack at the same time as they purge and sort, and so hiring people for that is just not constructive. Moving companies are happy to load, drive, and unload on moving day, just be sure you are aware of their policies for what they can and can't load. For starters, anything hazardous or toxic cannot go on the trucks. Nail polish remover is on the prohibited list, as are most cleaning supplies, household chemicals, and paint. Firearms may not be permitted on moving trucks, so you’ll have to open any safes so that the movers are aware what is inside of them.

Movers Cost More Than Your Poker Group, but They Are Insured

Reliable movers are not inexpensive, but your poker buddies or family will not pay a claim if something is scratched in the move. And, they are much more likely to hurt their backs or knees if they do not know the correct way to lift heavy furniture.

Moving to your new home should be exciting and good, so make the most of it by getting professionals to do the work--save the DIY for your painting and landscaping. Click below to get started on your free estimate.
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