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

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Acquiring an Estimate in Tulsa

You will want to get an estimate from a couple moving companies. You learned in our last post the questions they will ask you; read on for some questions you should be sure and get answers to.

Are your crews insured? If it's a company you are not familiar with, inquire 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 the claim process.

Is the hourly rate per man or for the crew? What about extra men? Most companies will quote an hourly rate for a two or three-man crew. You could feel three is overkill, but it's worth the money since that third or even fourth crewmember can make things go a whole lot faster when narrow hallways or cumbersome and heavy things are a factor. You can have a couple of people doing disassembly and crating 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 much faster. It's not uncommon to have a quote for a two-man crew, and with an upcharge for an extra man, if needed. If your house has four or five bedrooms or you have a big garage, you could need two trucks anyway, so spring for the extra men to get it finished in one day.

Do you charge for travel time? Is the crew off the clock for lunches and breaks? Companies differ with the drive charges. Usually, once they arrive at your house, the clock is started. Frequently they will stop at a fast food restaurant and eat lunch in route to the new residence, so there is not much down time.

What if I just want packing help? that is fine, most companies will provide you an a la carte pricing quote--you can buy everything from tape guns only to a six-man crew that will box your golf clubs if you tell them to. The rates for packing typically include supplies--tape, bubble wrap, newsprint paper (the unprinted and clean kind), packing peanuts, and a wide range of box sizes. Anticipate an hourly price for a packing crew as a basic estimate. Just be sure and read through the verbiage on the estimate so that you know specifically what is and isn’t included.

What if I just want moving help? Some folks like to pack together as they purge and sort, and so hiring people for that is just not useful. Moving companies are willing to load, drive, and unload on moving day, just be sure you are aware of their policies for what they can and can't put on the truck. For starters, anything hazardous or toxic can't be loaded 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 will likely have to open any safes so that the movers are aware what is inside of them.

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

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

Moving to your new house should be exciting and happy, so make the most of it by hiring experts to do the job--save the DIY for your painting and landscaping. Click below to get started on your free estimate.
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