Renting A Moving Truck Versus Hiring A Moving Company

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Deciding between renting a moving truck and hiring a moving company are the two main options that are available when people are moving. Of course, renting a moving truck will cost less but the added work and stress needs to be considered as well. And although the initial cost might appear to be very tempting, there could also be several hidden costs that you may be overlooking. Fortunately, these days there are also hybrid methods that are in between the two, and professional movers can be hired to help you out with your individual needs.

Costs

It definitely seems to be cheaper to rent a moving truck instead of hiring a moving company to manage your relocation. However, you need to make sure that everything is getting factored into your move’s final cost. There are many people who tend to forget expenses such as packing materials, toll costs, and the cost of their time as well as the price of fuel when coming up with the total cost to rent a moving truck. Once you account for all of those expenses, renting an inexpensive truck is not always the great deal that it appears to be at first. Begin by reviewing this comparison of various rental truck companies in order to get a better idea of the terms and costs that are involved in a moving truck rental. Also, keep in mind that when you receive a guaranteed price at the Unpakt website you will know exactly the amount you will pay and everything that the price includes.

Getting Help

Packing and moving are labor-intensive activities. So even if you decide to not hire a moving company you are still going to need help. That could involve trying to ask for many favors from relatives and friends. If you don’t have a lot of belongings or anything that is especially fragile or valuable then having your friends help you move might be sufficient. However, if you have a lot of personal belongings that need to be moved, and some of your things are irreplaceable or value, then you should think twice about that option. Good friends or family members are not experienced movers necessarily and will not be insured for any damages that could occur during your move. So if your flat screen TV is dropped by your friends, you aren’t going to sue them for compensation. Having professional movers do the job can save you lots of stress. You also may be surprised at just how affordable a full moving service may be.

Safety First

Are you able to imagine yourself driving the rental moving truck off of the lot and merging onto the highway with plenty of confidence and comfort? Probably not, unless you happen to be a professional driver. They are heavy, large vehicles that are more difficult to steer and require a lot of caution when merging, turning, braking and most other aspects involved in driving. Just picture yourself exhausted after packing and loading up the truck even before you get on the road. It may be better for you to call the professionals unless you are not traveling too far and can fit all of your belongings into a van, pickup or another kind of small truck.

Great Deals

So how do moving companies actually work? A majority of the work they get is seasonal. That means they are busier in the summer than they are in the winter. Also, certain days are busier, especially on the weekends. On weekdays and during the slow season, you can get big discounts and find great deals.

You also can take full advantage of the experience and expertise that professional moving services have by getting them to load and transport all of your belongings while you do all of your own packing for a lower cost than what a full-service mover would charge you. Just be careful whenever you hire a moving company. There are some highly discounted moving services that have a reputation for not being very careful with your belongings, or being very unprofessional. It is very important to check out the online reviews of moving companies to learn about past customers experiences and to review the track records of any moving companies that you are thinking about hiring.

So should you move all of your belongings on your own or hire professional movers? Ultimately, it will depend on the amount of stuff that you have to move and how far you are going. As long as you don’t have a lot of stuff, like moving contents from a one-bedroom apartment, you and family member or friend probably can handle your move. If you are moving only 10-15 miles away or less and can do the entire move in just one day, then a rental truck might be the ideal solution for your situation. However, if you have more personal belongings than that or if your new house is farther away than 10-15 miles, then a moving company most likely will be better prepared and equipped to manage your move.

Before you make your final decision, learn more about moving companies and moving truck rentals and compare the total costs first.

Burnett’s Moving Company is your professional mover in Spokane, ready to help you with all your moving needs!

What You Can Expect When Our Moving Company Handles Your Move

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If you are going to be moving soon, then you have an important decision to make. Should you hire professional movers or move all of your belongings on your own?

This is a longstanding question that people have been struggling with for many years. There are a number of common misconceptions regarding hiring professional movers that can tend to cause people to attempt to move all of their belongings themselves. However, is it really worth it to do that?

Moving is stressful enough already, but then if you add on needing to find family or friends to help you with the heavy lifting, having to rent a truck, and to make sure all of your belongings are packed safety so that you don’t end up damaging them, then your to-list can start to add up just as much as the amount of stress you have does.

That old saying of “you get what you pay for” definitely applies to hiring professional movers. Whenever you hire Burnett’s Moving Services for your move, you can feel confident knowing that you are getting one of the industry’s best movers.

Free moving estimates – over the phone or in-home

We have Customer Service Representatives who are ready to help you figure out what it is going to take to have one or more of our moving teams assist you and how much your move will cost. The best thing about our moving estimates is they are absolutely free!

How much does Burnett’s Moving Services charge?

We have very flexible and affordable rates depending on what your individual situation and needs are. Our local moving services are usually charged on an hourly basis, but we can also create all-inclusive package prices. Give us a call if you have any questions.

Packing supplies and options

Do you need any packing supplies? We have lots of them! Do you have a lot of packing to do but don’t want to do all of it yourself? We can also help you with that. We can send our movies out and do all of your packing before your moving day, or we can drop off all of the right packing supplies and moving boxes that you will need to ensure that all of your belongings stay safe and organized throughout your entire move.

In-home walkthrough with your movers

Before your moving team gets started with your move, they will first do a walkthrough of your house. That will allow them to see the layout of your rooms so that they can bring in the proper moving materials so that your belongings are kept secure and safe during the move.

That will also help the movers know where extra protection needs to be put on walkways or doors, and which furniture needs to be stretch wrapped and padded before it is loaded onto the moving truck.

Walkthrough of your new house

One of the necessary steps in your moving process is your movers getting familiar with your new home before they start to unload your belongings. They will want to identify some of the key rooms, such as the spare bedroom or master bedroom so that they know what furniture and boxes belong in each of the rooms when they are unloading everything.

Final walkthrough

Your movers will go through your house with you in order to make sure that everything is in the place that it needs to go in. If something is not in the right spot, please make sure to tell them before they leave. Also do a final check of the inside of the moving truck to make sure there are no boxes, furniture, or belongings left inside of the moving truck.

Time for you to leave a review

Once we have completed a move, we will email a customer satisfaction survey to our customer. We greatly appreciate when our customers fill them out and let us know how we did – bad or good! That helps us with training and rewarding our teams accordingly. We also greatly appreciate reviews that are left on websites like Yelp, Facebook, and Google to help spread the word about your moving experience with us.

We can tell you all about the moving services that we provide and how we can assist you. However, nothing can speak louder than the words that come from our satisfied customers. Check out some of the following testimonials from our customers.

Burnett’s Moving Services is your professional Spokane moving company!  Contact us with questions!

Four Tips For Ensuring Your Move Day Is A Success

Four Tips For Ensuring Your Move Day Is A Success

It is no secret that moving is one of the most stressing moments in life, just behind divorce and death. With moving comes endless details that need to thought about as you pack up one home and move to the other.

Tons of articles provide tips on how to move stress-free – how you need to prepare, staying organized, packing tips, moving tips, etcetera. However, there isn’t much information about what you should do during the move. Despite the preparation and planning you put into home moving, there’s still much that can happen on the D-day.

We have witnessed several moves in our day, and from our experience, we have come up with several useful tips that can help ensure your moving day ends without any hitches.

Have Cash and Snacks Handy

When belongings are being packed and moved from the house, you’ll no longer be able to enjoy the convenience of grabbing a snack from your kitchen. Therefore, consider having snack bags ready to hold you (and your family) through the moving day. It is also advisable that you carry extra cash on you for when you want to order some takeout or grab water.

Ensure Your Home Is Protected

Even though you are leaving your current home for the new one, you still do not want it getting any unnecessary damages; especially if you are planning on selling it. Consider using floor runners to protect areas of your floor that will experience high traffic as movers move in and out and use padding to protect door frames and walls from furniture as it is being moved. Get in touch with your mover beforehand and found out if they supply these supplies and if they prepare homes before the move.

If You Have Children Involve Them

A lot of people with kids tend to forget that moving day can be tough for them too. If you have children, make sure that you involve them and keep them busy by giving them simple tasks to boost their morale and spirits. This will help keep them out of the way of your movers. Click here for more on moving with kids.

Keep a Bag of Essentials Ready for The New Home

As all your belongings are being packed in boxes, there is a chance that after a very long day of moving, you will not want to rummage through your things looking for essentials. Consider putting together an essentials bag containing stuff like batteries, chargers, toothbrushes, and things you might need to see you through the day(s) until you unpack. Also, consider packing a bag of toiletries (toilet paper, soap, toothpaste, etc.) and disposable utensils that you can use before you start unpacking.

We hope that your move goes smoothly and without any hiccups. Using these tips and planning and packing ahead of time can work wonders in eliminating needless chaos on D-day.

How To Tell If A Moving Company Is Legitimate

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You should not let your next move be spoiled by a moving scam. While there are a lot of companies in the US that are reputable and legitimate, there are some scams as well. The FMCSA states that there are a growing number of complaints being filed against moving companies due to fraudulent practices from rogue movers.

If you are going to be paying a mover, you are responsible for ensuring that the moving company is a legitimate one. Moving is stressful enough without giving your possessions to the wrong people. Fortunately, there are a number of ways that you can check if a company is legitimate before you ever contact them. It is important that you know what these ways are and how they help.

Is The Moving Company Insured And Licensed?

Before you contact a moving company or hire them, you need to check that they are correctly licensed and insured. This is something that can be a bit tricky, but if you use certain methods of finding movers you should be fine. Companies like Moving.com will check the licensing and insurance of companies before they are listed in their database.

If you are going to be moving between states, you need to know that there are additional requirements. These movers will have to register with the Federal government and you can check if this has been done on the DOT system. Local movers will only be regulated by the state and each state has its own regulations for licenses. It is important that you check these requirements on the state website before you check if the mover is legit.

In regard to interstate movers, the FMSCA states that there are two liability options that should be offered by law. This is full value protection and released protection. It is important to know what these options are.

Full value protection is when the mover is liable for the replacement value of any goods that have been damaged or lost during the move. This is a more comprehensive plan and will offer better protection for your belongings. The cost of this protection will vary depending on the moving company you hire.

Released value protection is the more economical option that is on offer. This will generally be offered at no additional cost and states that the movers are liable for no more than 60 cents per pound of the article.

If you want to know more about these protections, you can find additional information on the FMCSA website. Movers will also have to have their own insurance over and above the liability insurance offered to you. If you ask, the moving company should be able to provide proof of their insurance.

Are There Complaints?

The saying “where there is smoke, there is fire” is one to remember when looking at moving companies. If you see a number of complaints from customers of the company, you need to take note of them. This is a red flag that you should not ignore.

You will be able to check for any official complaints against a moving company with the FMCSA. All you need to do is click on the reviews section of the company’s listing. The reviews on the FMCSA website will generally be for interstate moving companies.

This is due to the fact that all interstate movers need to have a US DOT number. This allows you to enter the DOT number into the FMCSA search engine and find any complaints against them. Ideally, you will want to work with a moving company that does not have any official complaints against them.

It is also recommended that you check the Better Business Bureau to see if there are any complaints and the coming company. The BBB is a non-profit organization that helps consumers find businesses that they can trust. If the company you are looking at is accredited by the BBB, it means that they have met the accreditation standards.

What Are The Reviews?

Reviews are something that you should also look at when choosing a moving company. Moving.com has a directory with reviews and will be a good place to start. There are hundreds of moving companies in their database and the reviews can help you find a good one. The reviews on the website will include the name of the company, their DOT number, BBB rating and any official complaints against them.

You can also get some reviews from people you know such as friends and family or your neighbors. Their experience with the moving company can help you to find the right one for your move. There are also some online communities that you can use to help you get these reviews. Yelp and other review websites will also be a good place to look.

Did The Mover Visit Your Home Before Providing An Estimate?

The moving company you choose should perform either an in-person inspection of your belongings or a video survey before providing an estimate. If this is not done, you could end up with a bill that is far more than the estimate you were given. You should not use a company that provides you with an estimate based on your account of your belongings.

This is a red flag which means that the company could be a scam. Any company that does not want to see what they will be moving should not be trusted. While the inspection is important, to get the best deal, you should get estimates from three to four companies.

After the inspection has been done, the company should send you an estimate in writing and in detail. There should be no chance for any unpleasant surprises later on. If the estimate is a lot more or less than the other estimates you have, you should avoid them. This is a major red flag and you need to take heed.

Are They Professionals?

Other than checking the license and insurance, you need to use common sense when you hire a moving company. You should look out for any movers that are not real professionals. This can be determined by whether or not the company has a real office and a business email address. You should also consider if the company is part of a reputable chain.

When they complete the inspection, you need to check if they are wearing uniforms and if their trucks are professional moving trucks. They should also be providing you with an official Bill of Lading. The estimate needs to be on headed paper and they should have an official business license. If any of these things are missing or your gut tells you something is wrong, you need to avoid using the company.

Burnett’s Moving Services is your professional moving company serving Spokane and the greater Metro region!