Cheap Movers

Cheap Movers

 

“The other company only charges $85 per hour for 2 men.”

“The mover on Craigslist is only $79 an hour, why are your prices so much higher?”

These are common questions and statements we hear when giving a price for moving service in Fort Worth.  Sometimes I’m not sure how to answer those folks, since they may already have it set in their minds that they want a cheap Fort Worth mover or a cheap Dallas mover.

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“All that is good to know, but still, why are your prices higher?”

You get what you pay for! This statement usually rings true for high quality vs. low quality.  Of course there are exceptions to every rule but with professional movers, do you really want to risk hiring a “cheap movers” that may not be licensed and insured?  I don’t know about you, dear reader, but I like my stuff.  I like my stuff to stay in one piece, undamaged.  They say you can’t take your stuff with you (in the end), but when you are moving, you are indeed, taking your stuff with you!  Why would you choose a random Craigslist moving company with no license or insurance? When a moving company advertises itself as a cheap moving company, well, you’ll get cheap!

My husband has worked in the moving business for more than 25 years.  He started out by working for moving companies in New York, then opened his own company in New Jersey.  When his partner in New Jersey decided that ripping people off was a great way to make more money, my husband left that company.  Sure, a moving company can charge whatever they want.  They can raise prices, charge for a “long carry”, packing materials, shuttle services and much more. When you use a reputable, licensed moving company with integrity, any and all charges will be included in your not-to-exceed moving quote.

Our prices reflect a number of factors.  We have to pay rent, equipment, utilities, insurance (which is quite high for moving companies), salaries for our movers and office staff; the list could go on and on.  Our prices reflect our costs and the ability to make at least some profit, after all, isn’t that why people go into business?  Our prices for moving also reflect the extensive experience we have in the moving business.  We don’t cut corners.  Regardless of the size of your move, we handle every single thing you own as though it was our own.

There are a number of ways to lower the cost of hiring a professional moving company.  New blog post to follow with those tips!  In the meantime, when you are looking for reputable Fort Worth Movers with integrity and a commitment to superior customer service, give us a call or visit our website for a free moving quote.

Fort Worth Movers – The Moving Factor, Inc. – 817-595-1500

Garage Moving Tips

Garage Moving Tips

Packing in preparation for a move can seem like a daunting job! We aim to help alleviate the “daunt” by helping you get ready with some sage moving advice.

The trickiest rooms to prepare for your move are garages and storage sheds.  Another “room” to think about is your patio/deck, which I’ll write more about in another blog post.  Before sharing tips on packing your garage to move, I feel it’s important to give some advice about getting an accurate moving price quote.

 

DIGRESSION ALERT!

Over the phone moving quotes or online moving quotes are very useful as long as you remember to completely detail everything you need to have moved.  The garage and storage sheds are often overlooked when itemizing your home for a moving quote.

 

END DIGRESSION!

Packing and loading a garage or storage shed takes much longer than other areas of the home.  In addition to tools and garden equipment, over time, garages become a catch-all for any number of household items. Exercise equipment, car parts, lumber and camping equipment all equate to random items that require thoughtful preparation and packing to move.

 

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Group similarly shaped and sized items together. Long handles -rakes, brooms, shovels, etc. can be wrapped with a pad or tape to hold in place.

 

 

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Use packing paper or other filler inside tool boxes to hold in place.  I definitely recommend having tool chests wrapped with moving pads.  No one likes their standing tool chest scratched!

 

 

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Repack any boxes that have been stored for very long. Cardboard weakens over time and tape loses adhesion, especially when stored in outdoor sheds and garages where temperatures are not controlled.

 

 

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Exercise equipment larger than a stationary bike may require disassembly or may incur bulky item charges. Be sure to discuss this with your mover. Certain fitness equipment requires the manufacturer or seller to disassemble and move in order to maintain your warranty.

 

 

As always, the least stressful way to pack and move is to hire a reputable, reliable, experienced mover.  Should this be the route you choose (see what I did there?), give us a call or visit our website for your free moving quote.

Fort Worth Movers Free Estimate or call 817-595-1500

Texas Moving Estimates

Texas Moving Estimates

Moving companies in Texas acquire customers from a variety of places. Happy customers may refer their friends, some folks pop online and search for moving companies, and others submit their information to different websites who then send that information to different moving companies.  The companies who receive the customer’s information then call and try to book the job.
When you speak with a sales person at a moving company their number one priority is typically to make the sale.  As the owner of our company my priority is to make the customer feel comfortable and secure in choosing The Moving Factor. I would rather not book a job than have someone feel pressured or uncomfortable.
When you receive an estimate over the phone it is impossible to give a Guaranteed Price.  This is particularly true when you are speaking with a sales person who has never even seen a truck being loaded. The salesperson will earn commission off the final contract price. The final price is often not the price you are quoted over the phone.
When you receive a quote over the phone there are some steps your mover is required by Texas law to take before they load a single box into their truck.
1)      The mover MUST provide you with a pamphlet entitled Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move in Texas.
2)      Before ANY work is done in your home the mover MUST provide you with a WRITTEN ESTIMATE. It is imperative that you be very clear about the items you are moving. The proposal will either be a BINDING proposal (it gives the exact price of the move), or a NOT-to-EXCEED proposal (gives the maximum price of the move). You and the mover must both sign this form.
If the proposed price is significantly different that what was discussed over the phone I would seriously hesitate to proceed any further. Your mover should use a Table of Measurements to estimate the size of your shipment. Your estimate will be based upon the items on that list. Always keep a copy of that form.
3)      Your mover may offer to sell you Full Value Replacement insurance. If you choose to purchase this coverage your mover is required to provide you with a copy of the policy BEFORE the move. If they cannot provide it, look elsewhere.
I cannot emphasize enough the importance of a Binding Estimate (proposal) signed by the mover.
A word about choosing the lowest price for your move-
We recently provided an on—site estimate to a couple moving from the Dallas area to El Paso. Our quote was $3800 and it included full packing and moving a motorcycle. The customers received two other on-site estimates that were about $1,000 less than our bid.  To this day I worry about those folks! Considering the cost of fuel, packing materials, labor, licensing and insurance it would be a financial loss to our company to charge much less than our bid of $3800. Those folks are on a tight schedule and once the mover is there and has their property on his truck they are basically left at the mercy of the mover.  if the mover arrives at their destination and decides that he needs to charge extra for a long carry or that his truck can’t make it into the area and he needs to shuttle your shipment he could feasibly tack on hundreds of dollars in additional charges.
                                                                               
Ultimately, as the customer, it’s your money, your belongings, your home and your decision.  Just remember, you get what you pay for.  When you choose the lowest Texas moving estimate, you may also be choosing an unpleasant surprise during your move, which is already stressful enough.

Moving? Here’s My Two Cents!: Estimates for Moves Within Texas

Tips to Understand Your Moving Company Quotes

Moving companies in Texas acquire customers from a variety of places. Happy customers may refer their friends, some folks pop online and search for moving companies, and others submit their information to different websites who then send that information to different moving companies.  The companies who receive the customer’s information then call and try to book the job.

When you speak with a sales person at a moving company their number one priority is typically to MAKE THE SALE! As the owner of our company my priority is to make the customer feel comfortable and secure in choosing The Moving Factor. I would rather not book a job than have someone feel pressured or uncomfortable.

When you receive an Estimate over the phone it is impossible to give a Guaranteed Price.  This is particularly true when you are speaking with a sales person who has never even seen a truck being loaded. The sales person is going to make a commission off the final contract price. The final price is 99% of the time NOT the price you are quoted over the phone.

When you receive a quote over the phone there are some steps your mover is required by Texas law to take before they load a single box into their truck.

1)      The mover MUST provide you with a pamphlet entitled Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move in Texas.

2)      Before ANY work is done in your home the mover MUST provide you with a WRITTEN ESTIMATE. It is imperative that you be very clear about the items you are moving. The proposal will either be a BINDING proposal (it gives the exact price of the move), or a NOT-to-EXCEED proposal (gives the maximum price of the move). You and the mover must both sign this form.

If the proposed price is significantly different that what was discussed over the phone I would seriously hesitate to proceed any further. Your mover should use a Table of Measurements to estimate the size of your shipment. Your estimate will be based upon the items on that list. Always keep a copy of that form.

3)      Your mover may offer to sell you Full Value Replacement insurance. If you choose to purchase this coverage your mover is required to provide you with a copy of the policy BEFORE the move. If they cannot provide it, look elsewhere.

I cannot emphasize enough the importance of a Binding Estimate (proposal) signed by the mover.

A word about choosing the lowest price for your move-

We recently provided an on—site estimate to a couple moving from the Dallas area to El Paso. Our quote was $3800 and it included full packing and moving a motorcycle. The customers received two other on-site estimates that were about $1,000 less than our bid.  To this day I worry about those folks! Considering the cost of fuel, packing materials, labor, licensing and insurance it would be a financial loss to our company to charge much less than our bid of $3800. Those folks are on a tight schedule and once the mover is there and has their property on his truck they are basically left at the mercy of the mover.  if the mover arrives at their destination and decides that he needs to charge extra for a long carry or that his truck can’t make it into the area and he needs to shuttle your shipment he could feasibly tack on hundreds of dollars in additional charges.

 

Ultimately, as the customer, it’s your money, your belongings, your home and your decision.  Just remember, you get what you pay for. When you choose the lowest bid you may also be choosing an unpleasant surprise during your move, which is already stressful enough.