Affordable Moving: 3 Secrets to Avoid Being Overcharged

When it comes to moving, one of the major concerns to is ensuring you go with the most affordable option. But even if you get a low estimate, what if you end up paying way more than you were quoted? Low-ball bait and switch is the oldest trick in the book and can be devastating during one of the more stressful moments in life.  But the good news is there are 3 secrets to affordable moving that will help you avoid being overcharged for your move.


  1. Check Your Moving Company’s Reputation.

There are a few ways to spot a legitimate moving company. Start by vetting your mover’s reputation online and within your community. Ask your friends if they know of any moving companies with a fantastic reputation. Also ask about the ones you should avoid. Check review websites like, Google or Facebook, to see what other people are saying. Be sure to read both good and bad reviews and listen to their feedback. Like everything in life, not all experiences can be perfect. However, consistency is key. How does that moving company respond to claims and criticism?

Don’t be afraid to ask moving companies for reviews, testimonials, or information about past work they’ve done. Ask about their claims process and how they handle any damages that could occur. A trustworthy and quality company has no problem justifying some of the mistakes they’ve made and providing you with evidence of their good work.


  1. Give EVERY Detail to Your Moving Company

Be Specific

Your moving company can only work with the information you give them. Give specific instructions in regards to addresses, parking permits, and special care required for a certain piece of furniture. The more information your moving company has, the easier it is for them to create a smooth moving day for you.

Keep Them Updated

If anything changes, keep your moving company in the loop. For example, if there’s a parade where you’re moving in Philadelphia that day, your settlement is pushed back, or you need to add an extra stop, let your moving company know. Honest movers will be upfront about any possible timing or pricing changes.

The Biggest Detail

The most important detail your moving company needs is the list of items you’ll need moved. An accurate itemized list is crucial for finding an affordable moving quote. The company will use their professional judgment to gauge the amount of time, supplies, and resources needed to complete your move. Make sure to include any specialty pieces that are important to you and require a little extra care. If you care, your movers should care.


  1. Prepare for Your Move

Packing for your move is tedious. The easiest way to prepare? Follow all your mover’s guidelines. A responsible moving company will have an expectations sheet to give you an idea of how prepared to be for your move. (I.e. whether your TV needs to be in a box, dresser drawers empty, etc.) This is essential to follow and gives you confidence that you’ve done everything you can so the movers can do their job as best they can.

No Question is a Wrong Question

A quality moving company will answer any questions you have. Ask how to prepare for your move, down to the tiny details on how to pack specific items. If you followed all of their guidelines during preparation, it’s easier to explain why you feel an overage is unfair.

Vet your moving company, give every detail about your move to your movers, and be prepared for moving day. These 3 tips are invaluable for a move, whether you end up being overcharged or not.

To start the process of finding the right moving company for your, check out some of our reviews here and here, and find out why we think we’re the right movers for you.  Then submit your moving information through this form or give us a call at 484-301-2442 to get an affordable moving quote.


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