For a Stress-Free Move, Seniors Need to Know How to Handle Movers

May 10, 2017
By guest blogger, Jim Vogel of elderaction.org

When it comes to making a move as a senior, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll be able to get everything done without the help of professional movers.

Seniors with mobility issues, brittle bones, and other physical ailments often have too hard of a time lifting heavy boxes and furniture to handle a move on their own. And there’s really no reason you have to. With the right strategy, you can find quality movers that you can trust and you can minimize their cost if you do a little bit of planning.

How to pick the right moving company

When you hire a moving company, you’re trusting some of your most valuable (both monetarily and sentimentally) items to the care of strangers. There’s no excuse for failing to do as much research as you possibly can. This usually starts online, where you can check businesses’ customer reviews. You can also use a handful of sites to check the records of any company you’re thinking of hiring.

Good moving companies will not simply quote you a price over the phone. Instead, they will come out to your home and survey your belongings.

“A reputable moving company will take inventory of all your belongings and determine the bulk and weight of your move. The estimator should be thorough and check all of your storage places such as cupboards, drawers, garages and bookcases,” says Moving.com.

Never settle for the first company who gives you an estimate. Instead, get quotes from at least three moving companies. You should pick a company that quotes a fair price – be wary of a company whose price is too high or even too low. If a company asks you to sign a work contract without settling on a set price, walk away.

How to save money

It’s vital that you make sure the company is aware of any and all items that will need to be moved. Not only that, you need to make them aware of any challenges to your move that could result in extra fees. This way, your final bill and estimate won’t have too many differences.

“Make sure the mover is perfectly aware of everything that has to be moved. And here’s why: The cost will increase if anything is added to the shipment that was not included in the estimate. Also, make sure the mover is aware of any special circumstances that might make the move challenging,” notes Home & Garden.

Don’t be afraid to haggle. This is why you want to get multiple quotes. You can use those quotes to force a company to come down a bit on the price.

Finally, do as much packing as you can before the movers arrive. Movers are often paid by the hour, and if they have to do a bunch of packing before they can begin the move, your cost is going to skyrocket. Also, moving companies will charge way more for packing materials (boxes, tape, bubble wrap) than your local hardware store.

While movers are a necessity for most seniors, you don’t just have to settle for whoever you find in the phonebook. You wouldn’t hire a contractor to work on your house, or a landscaper to plant your garden, without first doing research and making sure you’re finding the best of the best. Hiring movers should be no different. You want to put your treasured belongings in the most trustworthy hands possible.

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