Post # 1
So we’re moving this Friday (WOOOOOOO!) so I’ve been scrambling to hire a moving company. When we looked last month, most of our quotes were for $75ish/hr with lots of tacked on fees, minimum 3 hrs moving and 1 hr gas.. blah blah. Most rates came out around $400-600. I called some of those same moving companies back this week and got quotes that were more like $450-850. They said last minute-end-of-month moves were the most expensive.
F**k that noise.
I just got a really awesome quote from one company- $304 if we only needed 3 hrs moving + 1 for transport time. However, they were nearly impossible to get on the phone, hard to understand, and often redirected their office calls to their drivers who had no idea what I was talking about. Bad sign.
So I took a phone call thinking it was them again. It wasn’t. It was a different company that quoted me at $450. I told him no thanks, we had a much lower rate from another company and he tried to explain how he was better and I kept explaining how the other company had the same features. I even threatened to end the call (politely), “I’m sorry they’re just in our budget and you are not. Take care..” and he interrupted me with the magic words, “If I can match their price, will you go with us?”
Why yes, yes we will.
So now we’re movin this Friday and paying $300 FLAT for as many hours as it takes because they don’t do hourly rates. I feel like a boss.
Post # 3
Nice work! Any less stress during moving time is a God-send!
Post # 4
Awesome! Moving is expensive yo! Way to deal. Good job!
Post # 5
I love when things like that workout!
Post # 6
Woot, woot! Next step – Get it in writing!!!
Post # 7
@peanuthead: He’s emailing me the quote that I will sign and return this afternoon. If he for some reason does fall through, I’ve got the original $304 backup and then the next lowest rate (my double backup) is $320. So I’ve got a safety net. =)
Post # 8
I use to work in the moving industry (FI still does) and that is a surprisingly good price depending on how much stuff you guys actually have. Its hardly going to pay for their labor. Make sure they are a legit company (just sayin!)
Are you doing all your own packing?
Post # 9
That is awesome. We are waiting on a closing date and then I get to negotiate moving quotes. Not looking forward to it at all! Great job and I hope it works out!!!
Post # 10
Moving is the worst ever. I am extremely jealous of your quotes, mine for my move Friday were much more expensive! I had to bribe friends with beer.
PS: Your house is beautiful, Howard county?
Post # 11
I hired movers for the first time when I moved into my condo 2 years ago… best money I’ve ever spent for sure!
One caveat for you here: I saw an exposé on the moving industry a few years ago, and you have to be very careful about discount operations. There were a few cases where they sprung extra fees on the clients at the last minute (ie: AFTER the truck had already been loaded) and when they refused to pay, the movers just drove the truck away to a gated lot and KEPT ALL THEIR STUFF! It was scary… so be very careful and make sure any important docs/valuables etc… travel with you in your own vehicle.
Post # 12
Just don’t forget to tip the workers — if that’s the rate they’re probably going to be understaffed & overworked or underpaid.
Post # 13
@bythebook: Oh don’t worry- we’ll be tipping all of them well, which is why we wanted a good rate in the first place.
For all those concerned about discount operations- it’s a 17 mile move for a 1 bedroom apartment, so the rates of $370-500 are pretty realistic. This isn’t a discount operation– he only gave me such a low rate because I threatened to go with another company (which may have been a discounty type place).
@misskarianne: Yup, doing all my own packing. It sucks, since Fiance on business travel this week. They will be taking apart the bed but that’s it.
@LittleMissPolkaDot: The community we’re moving to is 1/3 in Montgomery County, 2/3 in PG County. Our house is in PG. PG prices, MoCo security!
Post # 14
did they tell you how many guys they are sending? Make sure if you are upstairs in an apartment they wont charge you for a stair carry after the fact! And regarding tipping, gratuity is a gift IF they do a good job. Understaffed/underpaid aside, if they dont do good, then they dont deserve it. Not all people tip. However if they DO do good, and they brought along a comment sheet use it! =) The guys always like to get good comments, esp at the little local places!
If you have a lot of books, put those in smaller boxes, not huge ones – easier to move this way. Also for your plates and bowls, when you wrap them in packing paper try and do them in sets of four (if you have more than that) with paper between each, and set them on their SIDE in the box, so they are vertical. This reduces the chance for breaking.
Look over everything before they come, notice if stuff is loose, scratched, ect. So it will be fresh in your mind when they deliver to your new place. (again, I’m just sayin! lol)
They probably told you all of this, but sometimes places dont. Especially when you are moving right as busy season is starting. 😉
Post # 15
Good going! You are a baller!!
Post # 16
Haha very nice! I can’t negotiate if my life depended on it! I can barely say no when I need to.