How to Negotiate With Long Distance Movers

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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When you think of moving to a new place, you might be excited, but then at the same time, it is a challenging and stressful task. You need to look into many things before you permanently leave the place you are already staying in. In addition to protecting your belongings while moving, you need to look out for perfect long-distance movers who can help you shift to your new place effortlessly. Nonetheless, there are state-to-state moving companies available at Moving Apt, which are trustworthy, plus they help you to shift to a new place easily.

However, if you are going for a long-distance move, then you need to ensure that you don't have to pay much for the moving services. Therefore, in that case, you need to negotiate with long-distance movers and make them fall within your budget. So here are certain tips and tricks on negotiating and finding the best moving company to make moving easy and stress-free.

Tips on Negotiating Long-Distance Moving Costs

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1. Ask Different Companies for Quotes

When you have to move, don't just make a decision by choosing the first company which you find. You need to make sure that you create a list of different long-distance moving companies and consult them. Make sure you call a lot of van lines and ask them about their price. With this, you would have a fair idea of pricing, and you could segregate some of the companies which are in your budget. 

2. Ask for a Special Offer

To get the best rate, all you need to do is be an effective communicator. So make sure you use the right communication skills and influence them in such a manner that they give you a lesser price. You could ask for special discounts by mentioning the long-distance which will be covered. Try different ways by which a person willingly offers you a discounted price.  So with this approach, there are fair chances that one or the other company might provide you with a lesser price.

3. Mention About the Other Companies

When you want to hire movers, you should influence a company and make them fall to your price. Talk about the services offered by other companies, such as packing services, and the price or additional rebate which they are ready to offer. When you adopt such an approach, the other person understands that you have done market research, and if he does not give you the right price, you will certainly shift to another company which will definitely be less than that particular firm. So with this approach, there are great chances that you will get a low price from the company.

4. Be Flexible When it Comes About Scheduling

When it is about choosing a professional moving company, and you know that you require a low price, then don't throw tantrums. Rather make sure you are flexible on the day and time of moving. When you show the company that you are ready to take the slot which they are offering and you are not showing many tantrums, then due to opting for an odd slot, they will surely offer you a  lesser price for the long-distance move which you are going to make for your things.

5. Use References if Available

When you have planned a long-distance move, make sure you ask your friends and family about the links they have. When you consult your close ones, you might know about some good moving companies which they have been through. So if you call that company, you can talk about their previous clients and the details they have shared. With this, you could likely influence the company and ask them to bring down the moving cost as you are an acquaintance who has come through their old customer. This is a smart technique that you must try to hire movers for cross-country moving.

Frequently Asked Questions On Long Distance Moving

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1. What is defined as a long-distance move?

If your move is over 400 miles, it is considered a long-distance move. Therefore if your belongings are transported over 400 miles, the moving company is a long-distance mover. Moves that travel less than 400 miles are considered local moves. Also, moves that cross country or state lines, also known as interstate moves, are considered long-distance moves.

2. How much should I save for a long-distance move?

Generally, depending on the moving company and the means of transportation you choose, the average cost for a long-distance moving service hovers around $2,000 – $15,000. The expenses can be impacted by the duration of your travels and the type of containers and vehicle you choose to use. Similarly, costs can vary considerably depending on the number of furniture, boxes, and belongings that you are looking to transport. You may also want to have enough money saved up for any emergency before moving out.

3. What do I need for a long-distance move?

Moving long distances requires a lot of planning and preparation to enable you to move your items with little disruption and avoid the worst moving mistakes. Here are the long-distance moving tips to help you remember all you need in order to have a successful long-distance move:

  • Plan, prepare and schedule.
  • Hire professionals.
  • Make reservations.
  • Declutter, donate and pack.
  • Deal with utilities, mail, and important records.
  • Separate the essentials.
  • Prioritize safety.
  • Make time for goodbyes.
  • Prepare for travel.

4. What items should you not move long distance?

It isn't easy to choose which items not to move, but you can create a list based on how often you use an item, how easy it is to replace it, and how much it is worth for other people. Here are suggestions of things to cut down on

  • Clothing
  • Bulky Items
  • Papers
  • Bathroom Items 
  • Old Furniture
  • Garage Junk
  • Old Appliances 
  • Outdated Household Items 
  • Old Bedding
  • Extra Vehicles

5. What is the cheapest way to make a long-distance move?

A do-it-yourself (DIY) is the cheapest way to make a long-distance move. All you have to do is to rent a truck and do the move. Packing up your stuff, putting it in the rental truck, and offloading it at your new place are parts of a DIY long-distance move. This will enable you to eliminate the cost of labor, which mostly makes a full-service long-distance move more expensive.

Conclusion on Long Distance Movers

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So these are some of the amazingly easy and simple ways, and you must try to get the long-distance moving company down at a low cost. With this, you could get the best and most trustworthy company for your move, plus you could save some of your money which is a must. So make sure for the long-distance move you are going to make, you spend some time researching about the companies and trying these ways before you make the final call for the same.

Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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