Moving is stressful enough, so you don’t want to have the added worry about hiring a Tampa, FL mover that tacks on hidden fees. As a savvy consumer, however, you can prevent sticker shock when it comes time to pay your moving company. Below, our Central Florida movers share their best tips for securing affordable moving services.
Request an in-home estimate before you commit.
When you have a million things on your moving to-do list, it can be tough to find time for an in-home estimate. However, it’s difficult for a mover to understand the full scope of your move without seeing your inventory in person. If they know up front how many rooms of furniture you have and whether or not there will be any special assembly/disassembly requirements, your mover will be able to give you a more accurate quote up front. They’ll also be able to tell you ahead of time which – if any – of your items will require a special handling fee. (This is common for pieces like pianos, pool tables, and large wall cabinets.)
Decide whether hourly billing or flat-fee billing makes more sense.
Tampa movers typically bill in one of two ways: hourly, or flat rate. If you only need assistance with a few heavy pieces of furniture, an hourly mover may be the way to go. If it’s a more extensive job (or you’re moving more than a few neighborhoods away), hiring a flat rate mover could save you money in the long run.
Inquire about extras.
When you’re not expecting them, extras can add up fast. If you don’t choose a mover who offers an all-inclusive price, make it a point to ask about insurance fees, packaging costs, equipment usage (i.e. dollies), gas surcharges, and similar extras. Side note: some movers try to inflate the overall cost with fees that should already be included, so be sure to inquire about those as well. For instance, if the truck is parked more than 75-100 feet from your door, the mover may tack on a long carry fee, or they may charge an extra stop fee to drop boxes off at a storage unit en route to your final destination.
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Corey and Rob were amazing! They moved us from our two storage units in Apollo Beach to our new condo in South Pasadena UNDER budget. They were quick, professional and extremely polite. We highly recommend Smart Move! Do not look any further for a more efficient, stress free and quick move!
Smart Move did an amazing job for us. We had a very complex move and Hannah and her team handled it easily, efficiently, professionally and carefully. The guys at the house were pleasant and knew what they were doing. Carl is a genius at loading like a jigsaw puzzle. They went above and beyond. Thank you Smart Move. PS their …
Thank you for being so good to all of my clients during their big transition into their new home! Even in a pinch, you’ve been able to find a way to store their items until closing or help them decluttered prior to placing their home on the market. Giselle is a sweetheart to deal with!
We had such a wonderful experience with Smart Moves! Hannah and Giselle set us up for the move and were so helpful. Jason and Kelvin showed up the morning of the move and got right to work. They were professional and hard working. We enjoyed chatting with them throughout the day. They took our furniture apart and set it all …
I have used Smart Move Moving 3 times now and they are great! Very professional, quick, and reasonably priced. All furniture is wrapped, wardrobe boxes are provided, and everything is insured.
Excellent customer service! Everything was moved twice, including in and out of their storage. Not one item broken or damaged. Movers were professional and efficient. I would not hesitate to utilize this company for moving and/or storage.
Wonderful experience during the hectic time of moving. Made everything possible and on time! Definitely would use Smart Movers over and over and recommend to family and friends. On time, courteous, fast, reliable and took care of all my china without breaking a single item!! Thousands of pieces… Thank you Smart Move!
To hire Smart Moves was a smart move. Jason & Byron were focused efficient, and handled the move out of the house and the garage in three hours. All items were protected, wrapped and handled with care as if it belonged to them. We hope to be able to use them again when we have to move our belongings from …
Smart Move and their mover team (Anthony and Corey) did a great job getting our stuff moved on time without any damages. They also came in right on the estimate even with a few changes made on the fly. We would definitely use them again and recommend them to anyone.
The best service from the office, Giselle and Hannah, to the movers Carl and David. Everyone has been polite, caring, and extremely helpful. What a wonderful company to do business with. What a surprise when Carl and David started padding and shrink wrapping my furniture! It was included in the price not additional like other movers I spoke with! Smart …