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Everything You Need to Know About Local Moves and Hiring Local Movers

Tuesday, November 29, 2022
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Whether you’re upsizing, downsizing or moving to a better neighborhood, you’ll need to find a local moving company that you can trust. The first step would be to weigh up…

Hiring a Local Moving Company or Going DIY

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There are essentially two choices when it comes to performing a local move. The first is to hire a local moving company and the second is to do it yourself, as a DIY move. The choice is, obviously, yours but it would be a good idea to see which one would be more beneficial for your move.  

The decision on a local move or DIY move can depend on a few factors such as your budget, the distance you are moving, even the time frame, as well as the number of items you want to take with you. There are other factors, but these mentioned would be the most important ones.  

Hiring a local moving company can have a lot of benefits. However, you would want to lock down a company as soon as possible since their plates can get full quite quickly, certainly when it is summer. This is also known as the peak moving season. A word of advice would be to try to book your moving date when it is not summer and over the working days. This can save you a lot of money as well as even open yourself up to more moving companies that are looking for jobs in the off-peak seasons. The more choices you have the more likely you are to find the right local moving company for you.  

Hiring the local movers is a great way to get aid when it comes to lifting, carrying, transporting, and in some cases even packing with the correct packing materials. But, this will cost you. However, it can also give you peace of mind.

The general cost of hiring a local mover per hour per person is between $300 and $1 500. This is to cover the cost of the service, as well as gas fees. Furthermore, the cost of hiring a local moving company will depend on the size of the move in terms of the number of items.

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On the other hand, going for DIY move can also help save you money. As you guessed you would have to do everything by yourself from packing, lifting, loading, and transporting. The latter may require you to hire a moving truck depending on the number of items you have. There are several questions you must ask yourself before you decide to go DIY. Such as: 

  • Can you get help from friends and family? 
  • Do you have to rent a truck, or can you borrow one from someone? 
  • How will you move heavy furniture, and do you need help doing so? 
  • Where can you buy packing material for the more delicate items? 
  • How do you move delicate items? 
  • Do you need specific moving services such as that for pianos, large artworks, pool tables, etc.?  

If you can answer these questions, and your new home is not too far from the current one, then you may want to opt for a DIY move. And, remember there is the option of asking for moving help. However, if you are unsure or know that you will need help then it is best to start… 

Finding Local Movers

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Research is the key to finding the best local movers to get your move on. This will require you to be on the lookout for moving scams while being able to tell the difference between a legitimate mover and one that is “overnight”. Furthermore, researching can also help you discover respected moving companies that know what they are doing, as well as have their paperwork in order.

Plus, research does not have to be limited to the internet. Although, it can help to check if the companies you are checking out are the real deal. As well as to read up on reviews. Another form of research is the good old-fashioned word of mouth. You can achieve this by asking your co-workers, friends, and family about the local moving company that they used. Here you can find out the pros and cons.

When you have all the information you need you can create a list of each local moving company that would be the best for you to use. This list can even be a mental one where you weigh up the pros and cons. As well as the prices.

Hiring Local Movers

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When you have narrowed down your choices, you would want to reach out to local movers and see what they will cost you. You can also ask them more questions about what they can offer you such as professionally packing your items. One thing to note is that local moving companies charge per hour. This is different from long-distance moving since those companies charge by weight.

Depending on when you are moving will indicate the average cost of hiring a local moving company in the US. As well as the distance that the transit is required to travel. The average for local movers is about $40 per worker per hour. Furthermore, the company you decide to work with will ask you how many items and the amount of furniture you wish to take with you to your new home.

This is so they can calculate their fee. On average, you could be looking at:

  • Three hours using two movers and moving into a studio apartment: $240
  • Five hours using three movers and moving into a two-bedroom apartment: $600
  • Seven hours using four moving and moving into a three-bedroom apartment: $1,120

You would also have to factor in not only the time the movers will take, and the number of them you will need but also the distance they have to travel. This is the cost of gas to and fro the new location. As well as other charges that may pop up during the transit.

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Can You Save Money with a Local Moving Company?

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Saving money is something that everyone wants to do, especially with moving to a new home. There are several ways that you can save a few dollars when using a local moving company. One way is to reduce the number of items you are moving with you. The fewer items you have the less time the movers will take to load your stuff onto their trucks. Therefore, the cheaper the cost of moving will become.

Furthermore, you can also make money off the items that you are not taking with you. Hosting a garage sale is a great way to get a bit more cash and will reduce the number of items you plan on moving with you. What is more, is that you can donate items that are no longer needed or you can even gift them to friends and family.

Another way to cut down on moving costs is by packing everything yourself. However, if there are important items that have a bit more complex way to be packed, it would be best to hire a professional. But, with everything else you can do it yourself.

You can use suitcases, bags, and even clothing as a way to cushion and cover drink glasses. Plus, you can also go to your local store and ask for the cardboard boxes that they are no longer using. Remember to label which suitcase or box goes into which room in your new home.

When it comes to packing you would want to make sure that you have a travel bag for you and your family. This can include essential items such as a toothbrush and a change of clothes, and you can also pack your small electronics including a laptop to take with you. You do this in case you arrive at your new home late, and do not feel like unpacking straight away. As well as to make sure that your small electronics (such as your mobile) are transported safely to your new home.

Tipping The Movers

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Before you start your moving process you would want to check out the contract to verify if the local moving company you are using included gratuity (a tip) in their services. If not, then maybe you would want to consider giving local movers a tip for a job well done. But, only for a job well done and after the move is completed. A general rule of thumb is that a tip is about $4 to $5 per worker per hour. Or to tip 5 to 10 percent of the total cost of the move. Tipping is more of a reward for the movers doing a great job, it is not an obligation.

Find the Right Local Mover Through Shyft

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As mentioned before you would want to research to find the right moving company for you. However, you can also work with Shyft, the world’s first tech-driven moving platform that will organize your entire local moving process for you. This includes helping you narrow down your picks for the best local moving company.

To get in touch with us, and start your process, you just have to go to our Shyft Moving website. It is here that you will get more information, as well as fill out a short form. From there a Move Coach will contact you at the time that you say you are available. This is a video call that is done through the mobile app known as Shyft Next. It is a free app where you can talk to your Move Coach about what you want from your moving experience. Furthermore, it is also through this that your Move Coach will create your inventory list. When the call is done, this list will be sent to you within half an hour.

When you receive the list it is 95% accurate. You can make it 100% by adding details or removing items from the list. Once you are satisfied with your list, you send it to your Move Coach. They will take this new inventory list along with your moving details (not including your personal information) to Shyft’s secure moving platform.

Here is where local moving companies which are vetted, as well as experienced, gather to bid on moving projects. Shyft gathers three or more moving quotes and each one is from a different mover. Along with the information about the individual moving companies. All this is sent your way so that you can compare and decide which mover is the best for you.

All the moving quotes are fixed. So if you change your inventory list, it does not affect your moving cost. What is more, is that we are on call with you seven days a week when you want to know more about the process. And, you can also check out Shyft’s Home and Lifestyle marketplace. Here is where you can buy a range of items that will be delivered directly to your new home. This will save you money while you get new stuff. And you can also find a range of services on this marketplace. What is more, is that there is a discount on all the items on the marketplace.

Get in touch with us today, and let Shyft help you make your local moving experience a fantastic one.

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