In most moving circumstances, you have plenty of time to plan for your move. Some events don’t leave you in the same situation. Whether it is a break-up or an impromptu job offer that starts in a few days, last-minute moves come at unexpected times. If we could plan for moves of this type, they wouldn’t be considered last-minute. Professional moving companies understand that life happens, and sometimes you don’t get the opportunity to plan. This is why same day moving services exist.
How Do I Find Same Day Moving Professionals?
Since a same day move is not something that is planned for, trying to make the move yourself may be an unrealistic goal. It will most likely be impossible for you to rent a truck, pack your boxes, and get all the details arranged in the amount of time that you have. That is why emergency same day movers exist. Not all movers can accommodate a same day move due to high demand, especially during the weekends and summer months. If the moving company you are looking into offers same-day moving services, chances are likely they will be able to accommodate your move.
Where do I start when searching for a same day moving company?
Filling out a form online can help you find a wide assortment of moving companies. These companies will call you after filling out the form. You will want to ask them if they offer same-day moving services and give them a brief overview of the scenario you are facing. Once you have narrowed down a few movers that you think will be able to help you, do a little bit of research into the company.
You will not have time to do in-depth research into the company, but some of the information that is readily available on the internet includes:
- United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) numbers
- Checking into USDOT numbers will show you that the company is appropriately licensed, especially if you need to move items across the country last minute
- Check out Better Business Bureau ratings
- If the Better Business Bureau accredits the moving company, their rating should appear on the Better Business Bureau’s website
- Read customer reviews
- Reviews that are left by previous customers of the moving company can give you insight into how well the moving company operates
- Contact the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) violation and complaint hotline
- Ask about the company’s complaints or violations that are listed with the FMCSA
Make sure you are checking these items as a bare minimum. There are moving companies that are referred to as “rogue movers” who look to take advantage of your situation. You want to make sure that the moving professionals you choose can do the job with speed, efficiency, and safety.
A critical piece of information that you will get from moving companies will be quotes. These quotes will tell you what you can expect to pay for a same day move. You do have to keep in mind that emergency moving services will often cost more than your typical preplanned moves.
What should I ask a potential moving company?
The first question you need to ask is if the moving company can facilitate your last minute or emergency move. Since not all professional moving companies offer these types of services, you are wasting your time and theirs by not opening with that question.
If you do find a moving company that can accommodate your same day move, find out what other special services they may provide. These include things like professional packing services. Most of your full-service movers should be able to accommodate a same day move.
Should I hire professional packing specialists?
Most professional moving companies offer full-service moving options. This includes the same day, last-minute moves. If you hadn’t exactly planned on moving, the chances are slim that you prepared for packing your items. The added stress of buying packing supplies and throwing items into boxes makes for a hard move. Hiring a professional packing specialist can take that stress and throw it out the window.
Packing specialists are trained at packing homes in a day or less. They also bring their own packing supplies, which is less that you have to worry about trying to find at the last minute. These packing specialists are also extremely organized and have most likely handled a last-minute or emergency move or two in their career.
Most packing professionals offer their services at $25 to $30 an hour. There is always the possibility that they will have to charge more if they accommodate your last second needs. The price will be worth it if you had not planned on moving in the first place.
Can I still negotiate pricing?
Unless a professional moving company is run and operated by a larger corporation, you should still be able to discuss pricing with them. Most local moving companies want your business, even if it is a spur of the moment move. You can expect to pay more for an emergency move than you would for a move that has been planned weeks in advance, but that doesn’t mean that you should be completely broke afterward.
Don’t be afraid to negotiate with a moving company. Most of them have ways to offer competitive rates that challenge their other competitors. In most circumstances, you just have to ask.
A Name You Can Trust
When Three Men and a Truck started over 20 years ago, three college friends had no idea that they would become a household name. Offering a full-service moving solution, Three Men and a Truck can accommodate anything from international moves to your same-day moving situations.
The moving specialists at Three Men and a Truck understand that things happen that nobody plans for. Our professionals have experienced the same kinds of dilemmas before and know the frustration situations can bring.
If you find yourself facing a situation where a last-minute move is necessary, get a quote from your local Three Men and a Truck company. Our quotes are free, and we look forward to competing for you to be our customer.