We all do it at least once in our life, most of us have multiple moves under our belts. A cheap move? No such thing. Not if you have been getting estimates from professional moving companies. I moved last month and the quotes that I got when I started my search for movers put me in a state of shock. Each and everyone of them had mileage charges and astronomical hourly wages. I knew there had to be a better way. There was, and if you look in the right places, you will too. You need to get creative.
Before I do anything major I do research . In this case I called most of the professional movers in my area. When that possibility became exhausted due to the fact they all charge pretty much the same extraordinarily high prices, I moved on to explore the new pod and container concepts.
This idea was not my favorite because I would have to do all the work of packing this pod. The company drops off this receptacle and leaves it for as long as you like, while you pack it at your own convenience. Then they pick up the full container and deliver it to your new dwelling. The price of this newer idea seemed reasonable at first glance. It would have been about half the price of the other guys if I went by their advertisement. I found out differently once I picked up the phone and talked to representative. It was true the container cost would be what I saw in their ad. There was also a drop off and pick up charge that was fairly high priced. Mileage was also charged to the customer. Once all was said and done, I would have saved about one hundred dollars, which is not much of a savings in scope of this whole thing. They also had people in my area that would come out for an hourly wage and move my things into the container. If I were to add this service on to the cost of the pod and it’s hidden fee’s, this would put the cost of this option a bit higher than the professional movers. I guess they get you one way or another.
Out and about doing errands one day I noticed our local family owned furniture store was open, but had no business. Their big delivery trucks were just sitting in their lot, as they have been every time I pass by in the last month or two. This gave me an idea. They are not doing much business due to the economy today. They have to be hurting for money due to the lack of sales. They have the experience of moving and I am sure they have the insurance to do so. They need to be careful movers, because if you scratch, dent, or rip a piece of furniture while delivering it, the customer will send it back.
I called the owner of the store when I got home and asked it they would be interested in moving my belongings. I was moving somewhat locally, within 40 miles of their store. He was taken back at first and said he needed to think about it. He called me back fairly quickly and said they would do it for 75 dollars an hour and they would send two men. No mileage, no hidden fees, Just this flat rate. I immediately said yes.
Moving day has come and gone. It took the furniture store eight hours to pack up the truck, drive to my new location, then unpack the truck. You can do the math, it was a savings of almost thirteen hundred dollars from the price quotes I got from the professional moving companies and the container people. I had a house full of furniture moved for under six hundred dollars.
This can work for you too. You need to find a smaller family owned type furniture store in your area. The big chain furniture stores are not the one’s to approach. An appliance store that is locally owned might be another target for you when moving. They too have those big trucks and are experienced at moving. The appliance stores have also been hard hit in this recession.
I had a friend that used a “handy -man” to move to her new apartment. She got his phone number from an ad he had placed in the newspaper. She didn’t have as much as I did to move, but she got the whole thing done for three hundred dollars.
Next time you are getting ready to move, think about the small businesses in your area that have larger delivery trucks, such as furniture stores and appliance stores. If they are hurting for business, and they most likely are in this economy, they might just say yes to moving you when you approach them. Check out your local want ads for people who clean out basements and attics, they are also a good alternative to expensive movers. If you get creative you too can save tons of money.