5 Questions to Ask When Finding Local Moving Companies in Houston03/20/2018Working out the details of a local move comes with its own unique stress level, but getting a professional moving company to transport your things from point A to point B can save you a lot of time and agony. By all means, when trying to find a local moving company, you want to be sure you get the best value for your money. As you interview and acquire quotes from promising moving companies in Houston, here are a few critical questions to ask that will aid you to reach a conclusion. 1. Is Your Quote Binding? Ideally, you'll want to find a moving company that provides an in-home consultation to give you the most accurate estimate possible. Hiring a company that provides a binding or "not-to-exceed" price may also give you peace of mind in your decision. 2. Will My Belongings Stay in the Same Moving Truck in Houston? Some companies may transfer your stuff onto another truck during the hauling process, which should be sidestepped if at all possible. Transloading your things means handling them more than once, which definitely increases the risk of damage or loss. Unless storage is needed, finding a local mover that will keep your things on the same truck for a local move from origin to destination will reduce that risk. 3. How Much Valuation Coverage is Included? Most movers incorporate some basic form of liability valuation included in their pricing, which should cover an amount based on the weight of the item that is damaged (for example, $0.60 per pound). However, this coverage may not be enough for things that are not heavy, but cost a lot to replace. Full coverage options will be available and can be bought from the mover for added peace of mind and security. 4. What Services or Materials May Cost Extra? Make sure to question exactly what is covered in your quote, along with some other services or materials that would result in additional charges. For example, if you would like your fragile furniture to be pad wrapped or if you would like protective padding put over your carpet while moving heavy items, you may face additional material and labor charges from some companies, so it's a good idea to ask about these costs upfront so there are not any surprises down the road. 5. Is There Anything You Won't Move? Many moving companies will provide you an all-encompassing list of things that their movers will not touch for liability or other reasons. Some examples of items you may need to transport yourself (or make other arrangements for) include: appliances pool tables grandfather clocks children's playsets pianos At A-1 Freeman Moving Group, we pride ourselves on the accurate moving estimates we're able to supply to our customers, all of which include a free in-home consultation. And unlike many other movers, we are also glad to provide expert tear-down, moving and assembly of items such as play sets, grandfather clocks, appliances, pianos and much more. With more than forty years of service to Houston and the surrounding communities, A-1 Freeman Moving is devoted to making your next local move as stress-free as possible. All of our moving crews are background checked and drug tested, and they have an average of 10 years of experience in packing, furniture protection, safety and loading. To find out more about how we can help you or to get started with an estimate for a local move, get in touch with us today. We can’t wait to hear from you!