Costs and Considerations of Hiring Local Movers: Featured in ConsumerAffairs

April 20, 2024

We are honored to be featured in ConsumerAffairs, where our owner, Elliot Helm, shares valuable insights on the often-overlooked aspects of moving. In the recent article, “How to Hire a Local Mover,” written by Jennifer Sherman, Elliot offers expert advice on navigating the complexities of hiring local movers.

As Elliot explains, “You’re generally going to get what you pay for, and a small investment in professional movers makes for an easy move, protected furniture, and a good experience.”

Understanding Local Moving Costs

Local moves, defined as relocations within 50 miles, can be more affordable than long-distance moves, but it’s essential to do your homework to avoid unexpected costs. Moving companies typically charge by the hour for local moves, with rates ranging from $80 to $100 per hour for a two-person crew. Elliot Helm notes that the cost of a local move can vary significantly depending on the size of your home, the distance between locations, and the moving date.

Key Tips for Hiring a Reputable Local Mover

Elliot emphasizes the importance of researching and choosing a trustworthy moving company. Here are some of his top tips:

  1. Get a Written Quote: Always request a written estimate and a moving contract that details all associated costs.
  2. Check Credentials: Ensure the moving company is licensed and insured to protect your belongings and avoid liability issues.
  3. Read Reviews: Look at both positive and negative reviews and check ratings on the Better Business Bureau to gauge the company’s reputation.
  4. Avoid Lowball Estimates: Be cautious of quotes that seem too good to be true. As Elliot warns, “Those cheap quotes could result in an upcharge to get your items back after they’re loaded on the truck with added hidden or additional fees.”

The Value of Professional Movers

Hiring professional movers can save you time, reduce stress, and ensure your belongings are transported safely. Professional services often include packing, unpacking, furniture disassembly and reassembly, and even storage options. As Elliot Helm highlights, “Insurance can protect you, the homeowner, from being hit with a lawsuit if a mover is hurt on your property and ensures the company is an actual business with employees and not just day laborers.”

Tipping Your Movers: What You Need to Know

Tipping movers is a common practice, but many people are unsure of how much to tip. According to the ConsumerAffairs survey, a good rule of thumb is to tip between $5 to $10 per hour per mover. Elliot adds, “Even during a really long day, just ordering lunch is a really kind gesture.”

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