Local Moving Services in Austin--Worth Every Penny - Part 212/26/2017 Acquiring an Estimate in Austin You should get an estimate from various moving companies. You learned in our last post the questions they'll ask you; read on for several questions you should ask. Are your crews insured? If it's a company you're not familiar with, ask 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 are prepared for the claim process. Is the hourly rate per man or for the crew? What about additional men? Most companies will provide an hourly rate for a two or three-man crew. You could believe three is excessive, but it's worth the money since that third or even fourth person helps things go a whole lot faster when narrow hallways or cumbersome and heavy things are in the mix. You can have a couple of people doing disassembly and crating or packing while others do the heavy lifting; the movers are guys who work together every day and they're like a well-oiled machine, and they get the job done more expeditiously. It's not uncommon to have a quote for a two-man crew, and with a charge for an extra man, if needed. If your house has four or five bedrooms or you have a big garage, you may need two trucks anyway, so seriously consider the extra men to get it done in one day. Do you charge for drive 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 isn't really any down time. What if I just want packing help? that is fine, most companies will supply you an a la carte pricing list--you can purchase everything from tape guns only to a six-man crew that will box your golf clubs if you want them to. The rates for packing usually include supplies--tape, bubble wrap, newsprint paper (the unprinted and clean kind), packing peanuts, and a wide variety of box sizes. Anticipate an hourly rate quote for a packing crew as a basic estimate. Just make sure and go through the verbiage on the estimate so that you are aware of precisely what is and is not included. What if I just want moving help? Some folks 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 willing to load, drive, and unload on moving day, just make sure you are aware of their policies for what they can and cannot put on the truck. For instance, anything flammable or toxic can't be put on the trucks. Nail polish remover is on the prohibited list, as are most cleaning supplies, household chemicals, and paint. Firearms might not be permitted on moving trucks, so you will likely have to open any safes so that the movers can see what is inside of them. Movers Cost More Than Your Extended Family, but They Are Insured Reliable movers are not inexpensive, but your poker buddies or family won't pay a claim if something is dented 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 objects. Moving to your new home should be exciting and fun, 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.