It’s moving time! Summertime is peak moving time for Americans and across town or country, out of a storage unit or into your first home, Thumbtack movers are saving your back, one box at a time. Shane Harris, Client Specialist at Texas Elite Moving, a highly rated pro on Thumbtack who has been hired more than 186 times, unpacks the secrets of a successful move.
What services does your company offer?
We provide everything from standard local moving to full service packing and moving throughout Texas. Full service means we bring the boxes, pack all your dishes and towels, load all the boxes, move them, and—if needed—unpack them, too. We offer truck unloading if you just moved to town driving a rental truck and need help emptying it into a home or storage. We move your furniture and things out of the house to the garage if you’re doing a remodel. We really customize to what each client needs.
What are the most common mistakes people make when hiring a mover?
Not verifying if the mover is licensed and insured in the state you hire them. This licensing holds the company accountable. Be clear on their damage policy before you sign the contract. Learn what type of company they are—do they send out 20-30 moving trucks a day? If so, they may not have as much customization or focus on specific needs, especially if you have antique or fragile things. Ask if they hire day laborers or if they have regular employees who are trained.
What are the most common mistakes people make when packing?
- Paying to pack and move things you’ll give away after! Be sure to purge before you pack.
- Not packing items in the correct boxes. For example, books and collectible rocks should only go in small boxes. It keeps employees safe and also your home safe. There’s more likely to be damage or accidents when boxes are too heavy.
- Not filling boxes to the top. Things jostle and get damaged in transport otherwise.
All these tactics streamline the move, saving you time and money.
What are the most common mistakes people make prepping for the movers?
- Not having everything ready and in boxes (if you’re not doing full service).
- Not having the boxes clearly marked. We encourage clients to label on at least one end and one side of each box—so the label is easily found.
- Lack of clarity when there are multiple destinations. For example, when moving into an apartment while a home is being built or remodeled, half your stuff is going into storage. Solve this by labeling everything with flag tape (found at any home goods store) in two colors: one for apartment and one for storage. The tape won’t damage furniture, and it sends a clear signal to movers where things belong. This saves you time and money as the movers can load how it’s going to unload, ensuring only one trip.
- Not labeling (on at least two sides) what room in the house each box should be unloaded into.
What are the costs for your different services?
Different companies charge in different ways, but we charge by the hour to allow customers to customize to their needs. Rates range from $100 – $250 per hour, depending on number of movers and number of trucks used.
An average, three bedroom house with full service pack and move (including materials) costs approximately $1,000 to $1,500. This averages out at 3 people packing the house for 4 hours and 5-6 hours of move time.
For the same house with just the move service (load and unload with 5-6 hours) would be approximately $500 to $1,000.
We don’t add in fees (there is a mileage fee if the move is over 50 miles), so the costs are straightforward.
What can people expect from start to finish when they hire a mover?
A thorough phone consultation (or on-site consultation if you have a complicated situation and want a full-service move). We give you an estimated price, and send a confirmation email. We schedule a date, and the movers arrive on that day with a written contract. All payments are due after services. It’s really simple.
Any tips for first-timers to avoid common mistakes when hiring a mover?
Provide a realistic and honest assessment of the work you need done during the phone consultation. Don’t forget to mention stairs! The more information you can give the movers, the happier everyone will be. If you’re unsure, you can always request an onsite consult.
Never having to lug another box again – sounds great. Will you use a moving service for your next move?