5 Questions to Ask When Finding Local Moving Companies in Austin03/20/2018Getting ready for a local move has its own unique anxiety level, but getting a professional moving company to transfer your belongings from origin to destination can save you a lot of time and agony. Of course, when trying to find a local moving company, you want to make sure you are getting the best value for your money. As you interview and acquire quotes from possible professional movers in Austin, here are some crucial questions to ask that will aid you to make your decision. 1. Is Your Quote Binding? Ideally, you'll want to find a company that offers an in-home quote to give you the most specific quote possible. Going with a company that offers a binding or "not-to-exceed" price may also give you peace of mind as you make your decision. 2. Will My Belongings Stay in the Same Trailer in Austin? Some movers may transfer your stuff from one truck to another during the moving process, which should be sidestepped if at all possible. Transloading your things means loading and unloading them multiple times, which inherently increases the chance of damage or loss. Unless storage is needed, finding a local mover that will keep your belongings on the same truck for a local move from residence to residence will diminish that risk. 3. How Much Valuation Coverage is Included? Most movers include some basic form of liability valuation as part of their pricing, which most likely covers an amount based on the weight of the item that is damaged (for example, $0.60 per pound). However, this coverage may be lacking for items that may not weigh a lot, but are exensive to replace. Full coverage options will be available and can be bought from the moving company for added peace of mind and assurance. 4. What Services or Materials May Cost Extra? Be sure to find out exactly what is covered in your estimated rate, and ask what are some other services or materials that would result in additional charges. For example, if you'd like your antique furniture to be pad wrapped or to have protective padding put over your carpet while moving larger items, you might face additional material and labor charges from some companies, so it's a good idea to find out about these costs upfront so there are not any surprises later on. 5. Is There Anything You Will Not Move? Most all moving companies will give you an all-inclusive list of items that their movers cannot touch for liability or other reasons. Some examples of items you may need to transport yourself (or make other provisions for) include: appliances pool tables grandfather clocks children's playsets pianos At A-1 Freeman Moving Group, we pride ourselves on the accurate moving estimates we're able to give to our customers, all of which include a free in-home consultation. And unlike many other movers, we're also able to offer expert tear-down, moving and assembly of items such as play sets, grandfather clocks, appliances, pianos and much more. With over forty years of service to Austin and the surrounding communities, A-1 Freeman Moving is dedicated to making your approaching local move as easy as possible. All of our moving crews are background checked and drug tested, and they have an average of 10 years of experience in packing, furniture protection, safety and item transport. To find out more about how we can help you or to get started with an estimate for a local move, contact us today. We look forward to assisting you!