The earlier, the better. It is wise to commit to a moving company at least four to six weeks prior to your move, if at all possible. The more lead time you can give, the more likely the moving company will be able to meet your preferred pickup and delivery time frame.
Yes, it is recommended. And, to get the most accurate estimate it should be after the moving company has conducted either a physical or video survey of the items that you want to move, what you will pack, and what special or third-party services (crating, disassembly/reassembly) that are required. Also, when you actually want to move can also impact your cost. Any estimate should be delivered to you in writing so that you can review any other terms and conditions that are required.
If the moving company conducts a physical survey, ideally yes. If at all possible, at least one person from your immediate family should be present to answer the surveyor’s questions and to make sure your own questions and concerns are addressed. If you cannot be present, please select a representative who is familiar with your moving plans to act on your behalf. If the mover is doing a video survey, you are part of that process and you must follow their instructions to secure an accurate survey.
A binding estimate or binding cost of service specifies in advance the precise cost of the move based on the services requested or deemed necessary at the time of the estimate. If additional services are requested or required at either origin or destination (such as a “shuttle” to or from a location to which a full-size van cannot operate directly), the total cost will increase. Binding estimates are typically valid for the time period specified, typically up to 60 days.
If there is a choice, most moving companies suggest you select a time other than summer, the end of the month or the end-of-year holidays. The heaviest demands are placed on vans, equipment, and personnel during these periods. And, if you can move during the week, this is also usually better to secure dates with the mover.
Options are numerous. You need to decide what level of services you want and Homezie will match you to the best option.
  • Do not move what you do not need in your new home. Sell, donate, or toss.
  • Do not move what you can replace cheaper in the new location than the cost of moving it. Sell, donate, or toss.
  • Bring all items out of crawl spaces, attics, etc. This will potentially save you additional service costs if you are not doing your own packing and loading.
  • Self-pack all of your non-breakable “soft goods.” This will save you labor costs for packing.

Most refrigerators, washers, dryers, and other electrical or mechanical appliances require special servicing to ensure safe transportation. Any moving parts such as motors on major appliances, washer drums, and icemakers should be securely fastened for shipment. Gas appliances need to be serviced and disconnected prior to your move.

It is the owner’s responsibility to see that appliances are serviced for shipment before they are loaded on the van. Upon request and for an additional charge, a moving company will perform this service, using either its own qualified personnel or an authorized service company