Wherever you are moving from, we can provide you with guidance on providers that can move you economically and safely.  The following are short articles to consider for your upcoming move. Though the focus is on moving to Michigan, you will also find articles on local or in-town moving within Michigan.

Hire a Michigan Mover

Consider connecting with a mover where you are moving to. Rather than hiring a mover in Phoenix, AZ or in Chicago, IL, start off with a mover in the area you are moving to.

Why does this matter?

Hiring a mover in the city you are moving to will allow you to move into a relationship with a mover rather than away from a mover that you will likely never use again. Creating a relationship with a mover in Michigan will not only help you support a local Michigan business, it will give you a head start on networking with businesses where you are moving to, and it will allow you to vet a local service provider for your next move.

Here is a list of providers that can service your move into Michigan:

Seasonal Pricing

Most interstate movers charge more for moves during the times of peak customer demand. The conventional busy season in the moving industry is May 15th through September 15th

During this time period, three to five weeks of advance notice is often needed to reserve a date for your move. Though these time periods are not fixed and they will often change based on actual customer demand, the last two weeks of June and the last two weeks of August are the most expensive weeks of the entire year.  If you are moving cross-country, it can cost you hundreds if not thousands more to move during these weeks.

In-Home Estimate – Why is this important?

Be careful about working with a mover that doesn’t perform an in-home walk through of your residence or of the items to be moved before giving you an estimate.  This is true not only because over-the-phone estimates are often imprecise and lead to misunderstandings but also because this will allow you as a consumer, to confirm that they have local representation.

There are dozens of online move-service brokers that will perform over-the-phone surveys and then broker your move out to the lowest bidder. Move brokers are not local providers — they often are not even moving companies, and they do not have a local presence. If you book your move with a broker, you are taking a gamble. You do not know who it is that will actually show up to move you, and if there is a mechanical breakdown or other difficulty, you will often be left to fend for yourself come the day of your move.

The benefits of an in-home survey include:

Service Consultation

Your in-home surveyor should be able to counsel you on how best to handle your move. If she is unable to address your questions, she will direct you to who can.

Special Services

There may be items in your home that require special attention. Your surveyor knows what to look for and will be able to address these. These include, but are not limited to appliances that need to be disconnected and secured, items that may require customized wooden crates (mounts, high-value art, marble and glass table tops), hot tubs, and items that may need to be disassembled before moving out.

Truck Access

An in-home walk through allows the surveyor to see your driveway and the road leading to your residence. This helps prevent any surprises in service or cost. If a semi-tractor trailer cannot park in front of your home or within close proximity of your residence, additional cost and equipment may be necessary.

Think ahead! It is often best to schedule your in-home survey early — before you even have move dates. This will allow you to work with a move cost in mind and with ways to potentially save on costs such as moving items yourself or doing your own packing.