Since you have decided to make that big move, you will have to find a removal company that suits your requirements the best. You do have a lot of choices. Some removal companies are quite small. They may be a family affair with a single truck. Others belong to a large network of known brand removal companies.
So how do you decide the right removal company for you? It’s easy. You initially have to decide if you are doing a long distance move or a local move. If you are crossing state lines you may have to use a removal company that is certified as a long haul moving company. The smaller removal companies may not have the personnel nor the licenses or insurance to make an out of state move. These smaller companies may do the actual price estimating of moving your household goods, but may have a contract with a long haul company to actually physically make the move. The local company may provide the personnel to load the truck however.
You have to take into consideration all of these things. So you have decided you are making a long distance move. Next step is to contact some local removals companies and tell them you are moving from x to y and would they please come and give you an estimate of what it will cost you to move your goods.
You should have two different companies prepare an estimate because different people see things in a different perspective. One might see your cupboards and estimate that you have enough dishes to fill 40 dish moving boxes. The next person may see only 30. Dish moving boxes are heavy so they cost a lot per pound to move. Moving prices are based by the pound. Another difference may be the cost they charge you for insurance. One company may require a higher amount of insurance than another company. If one estimator thinks you have some high dollar items he may require that they be shipped with additional insurance. All these additional costs add up.
One other major difference is the hauling of vehicles. Say you chose to have them haul your car instead of you driving it. One company may be able to fit in the back of the removal van. Another company may use a third party to haul your vehicle. Yet another company may actually tow your car behind the van, whether on a trailer or with a tow bar. Each option costs a different amount.
One major discrepancy between estimates is just how you will pack paintings and pictures. There is something called a picture pak consisting of four pieces of various sizes. These are expensive. They recommend you use one pak for picture when in actuality you may be able to pack several in one picture pak. Again these present you with options. When the estimates are finished, you will need to decide which removal company presents you with the best price for your move, and then chose them.