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- When the cabinets are made of metal or plastic, two-drawer filing cabinets can be left full.
- The top two drawers of a 4-drawer cabinet need to be emptied.
- All lateral file cabinets need to be completely emptied.
All drawers need to be emptied in wooden cabinets.
- It is generally fine to leave your clothing in your dresser drawers during the move.
- Be sure to remove anything from the drawers than may roll around or shift during transport, as this can cause damage.
- If the dresser is particularly large (a triple dresser or part of a large armoire), it is best to at least partially empty it.
Such items can be moved on local moves if properly packed and prepared, but we cannot guarantee the safe transport of live plants, which can be traumatized by motion or temperature extremes inside the moving truck. We cannot transport live plants on long distance moves.
You should make certain your dishwasher, microwave, refrigerator, washing machine, and dryer are empty. Additionally, movers are not trained electricians or plumbers – you need to arrange for the appropriate professional to disconnect your washer, lighting and chandeliers, and refrigerator from any electric and/or water connection.
Most importantly, movers are not licensed to disconnect gas, which powers many dryers and ovens.
Moving is a physically taxing job, and the movers need time to eat during the day. On a local move, any time the movers spend eating lunch will be deducted from your hourly bill. As for providing lunch, it is not required, as the movers often bring lunch or will find somewhere to eat along the way. However, water and/or sports drinks for the movers are always a welcome (and appreciated) refreshment!
Hiring a professional mover delivers exceptional value on a day that can otherwise be very stressful. Moving can be both emotionally and physically draining, and handling delicate or bulky items with care requires specific moving skills. We highly recommend turning to professionals for this, as you would for many of your households needs, such as plumbing and electricity.
We recommend scheduling your move as far in advance as possible. The farther out you can plan your move, the greater the availability you will have in choosing a date and time convenient for you. A general rule of thumb is to contact us no later than two weeks in advance of your desired move date. We realize advanced planning is not always possible, and do our best to accommodate last minute customers as well.
Because complex events, such as a home closure or completion of construction, can be delayed due to unforeseen circumstances, we don’t recommend scheduling your move for the same day. Save yourself the stress of rescheduling and plan your move date for several days after your closing date.
Demand for moving services is generally at its lowest during the middle of the month and, in particular, the middle of the week. If your schedule allows for a move on one of these days, many movers offer their most competitive rates during those times.
We base an estimate for a local move on an hourly rate, which includes the drive time for each leg of the move:
- from the moving company to your original home,
- then to your destination, and
- back again to the moving company.
Pricing for a long distance move is based on a flat rate, fixed price. Once we have taken an inventory of your furniture and other belongings, and identified a timeframe for delivery, we are happy to provide a binding price for your move. If you prefer, we can also price a long distance move by weight.
Focus on packing, instead of moving. Smaller items and moving boxes can be moved very quickly by professional movers. Don’t spend time trying to move these items yourself. Rather, focus on packing boxes, so when the movers arrive you will be 100% ready.
Yes! Sav-A-Lot Movers offers storage in addition to our high quality moving services. If your items do not fit in your new home, but you are only living there only for a finite period of time and have plans to move to a larger home, use of our storage facilities is a convenient, safe option.
Choose a simple labeling system (i.e. MBR for Master Bedroom) and make sure all of your boxes are clearly marked. Boxes should be labeled on the top and three sides. Your movers will work closely with you at the destination to make sure everything ends up where you want it.
Sav-A-Lot Movers, as well as all licensed movers, will not move hazardous or combustible items such as propane tanks, firearms, paint, and aerosols, as the temperature in the truck could cause these items to explode or ignite.
If your moving day is rapidly approaching and it becomes clear that you will not be fully packed, it is critical that you inform your move coordinator as soon as possible. They can work with you to make the best possible “plan b” for packing. This may mean having the movers finish your packing or, if you have the flexibility and we have the availability, pushing back your moving day in order to allow more time to pack. If you have only a small quantity of items left to pack, your movers can often complete this on moving day; however, it is important to understand that this will add time to the job and, therefore, add to the total cost of the move.
Moving labor represents the majority of the moving expense. However, you should also budget for packing supplies, such as moving boxes and tape, and for additional valuation (moving insurance) as needed. Sav-A-Lot Movers takes special precautions with delicate or oversized items, such as flat screen televisions and chandeliers. These items often require a custom wooden crate, which will incur an additional fee.
With our years of experience, we pride ourselves on providing the most accurate moving estimates in the industry. Our proprietary sales system ensures we work closely with every customer to fully understand his/her/their moving needs and provide a moving estimate reflecting those needs. Be sure to offer as much information as possible at the time of the estimate; this includes reviewing the inventory for accuracy. Neglecting to mention additional items or difficult areas of access during the estimate almost always results in unexpected costs for the customer.
- As with other service industries, you may wish to thank your movers for a job well done by offering a gratuity.
- While the movers do not expect a set tip amount, we suggest a tip based on your satisfaction with your crew and the overall move; with a broad guideline of $4-6 per man, per hour.
- If you feel that your movers went above and beyond in their efforts, you may want to increase the amount accordingly.
For your own peace of mind, you may want to consider moving jewelry and other small valuables yourself in your personal vehicle. As for larger items such as art, antiques, musical instruments, special collections, or other items of great personal meaning and value, point these items out to your movers at the start of moving day so they can take the necessary steps to ensure for their proper care.
Yes. Our professional movers and moving trucks are prepared to move during rain, sleet, or snow. They come equipped with supplies to keep your belongings safe from the elements. However, in order to keep costs down, we recommend you shovel, rake, or otherwise clear the access ways in preparation for their arrival.