How Long Does A Moving Company Take?
How Long Does A Moving Company Take?
When it comes to moving, one of the most important decisions you will make is choosing the right moving company. You might have questions like “How do I know how long they will take? and “How do I know if they are reliable?”. In this blog post, we will answer those questions and more! We will talk about how long the average move takes to complete, what kind of experience to expect from your movers, and how to choose the right company for your move.
So, how long does a moving company take to move my belongings?
The answer is that it depends on the size of your move. How many belongings do you have? How large is each item that you are moving? Another factor that affects moving time is the distance that you are moving. For a local move, it usually takes about three to four hours. For a long-distance move, it can take up to a week to move your stuff. But of course, there are always exceptions to these timelines and unexpected delays that occur along the way. Unexpected delays can include traffic during rush hour, accidents blocking the road, or mechanical issues that prevent the moving truck from working. When it comes to moving, there are plenty of factors that you can’t control. But there are many factors that you can control to facilitate your move best and reduce any uncertainty.
The time of the year can affect your move.
Winter/Fall: This is when the rates are usually cheaper because fewer people are moving. However, there is also a risk for your movers to get caught in a storm or unexpected road closure due to weather conditions. During Winter, it also gets darker sooner, so movers have less daytime to work. If time is of the essence and price is not a concern, then it may be safer to move during the Summer.
Spring/Summer: Expect a minimum of 1 week to move. At most, expect 2-3 weeks for your belongings to be delivered. Summer is an expensive time to move, but you will get your belongings in a timely manner. Summer is the peak time for moving because school is done, and families have more time to move.
Do not be afraid to communicate and be transparent with your movers.
Do not be afraid to ask your movers about the average pace that they work at. There are many movers that take their time and drag their feet. Remember, it is okay to communicate the pace you expect with your move if time is of the essence. Tell your movers about your ideal time frame that you would like the move to happen within. It is also a good idea to observe the pace of your movers when they start your move and get a visual confirmation of how efficiently they are moving your things. Do not forget, you are a paying customer, so you have some say in how you would like your belongings to be handled.
But in general, a minimum of three to four hours for local moves and up to a week for long-distance moves are the most common timelines you can expect with moving companies.
What To Do If The Movers Are Late For Your Delivery?
For long-distance moves, it is not uncommon for movers to be late on their promised delivery window. Here are a few things to do if your movers are late:
Remain Calm: If your movers are late, the first thing you should do is to take a deep breath and let go of what you can’t control. Stressing out will not bring your items to your new home any faster. If your belongings are late, you must understand that moving furniture across the country can have plenty of unexpected road bumps or detours along the way.
Check Your Contract / Bill Of Lading: The Bill of Lading will tell you your estimated delivery window. In many cases, they may reimburse you for the amount of time missed on the delivery window. So again, check your contract (all movers are different). Some movers may give money-back for each day that your items are late. This allowance will cover the additional costs that come with a late delivery such as car rental, hotel accommodations, meals, etc.
Call Your Mover: If your delivery is late, the mover should give you a courtesy call. As the customer, you have the freedom to call them and request updates too. If you don’t have the company’s phone number, you can check your Bill of Lading or visit the moving company’s website.
Has Your Moving Company Completely Disappeared?: In the event that they do, try every possible number that you can find to reach them at. It is important to get the name and ID of the movers and the company that they work for. This is why it is important to choose the right moving company.
How to choose the right moving company.
When it comes to choosing an ideal moving company that will take care of you and take care of your belongings, there are a few things that you should keep in mind when searching.
First and foremost:
Get recommendations from any friends or family who have used moving companies recently or in the past. Firsthand reviews from trusted friends and family will give you an honest idea and accurate representation of how well that moving company works with customers.
Read the online reviews for each company that you look at in order to get an another accurate idea of what other people’s experiences have been like with that company in the past.
What kind of experience should I expect from the movers?
Now, let’s talk about what to expect from your moving company. First and foremost, you should expect your movers to be professional and courteous. They should be able to answer any of the questions you might have about your move and any questions you might have about how their company works. And of course, they should be able to get the job done in a timely manner with a good attitude and efficient handling. A good mover should be transparent with you about their moving process and they should give you the verbal assurance that they will take care of your move properly.
Last but not least, you should expect your moving company to give you a fair price for their services. They should be able to give you an estimate of how much your move will cost, an itemized list of what the service entails, and the cost of each fee. Make sure to compare quotes between multiple moving companies. With each quote, weigh the pros and cons of what you are getting with respect to what you are paying for. Saving money is a smart decision and priority for most customers, but please keep in mind that it might be worth it to pay a little more for a company that is guaranteed to handle your belongings with care and move you with ease and minimal stress.
Good luck moving!
We hope that this blog post has answered some of the questions you might have had about how long a moving company takes to move your belongings and what to expect from the quality of their service. Moving can be a stressful time for many people, but if you do your research and/or choose the right company that friends and family have worked with in the past, than it doesn’t have to be stressful! Everything will work out! Don’t worry! Now that you read this blog, you have all the tools you need now! Good luck with your move!
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