After procrastinating a bit, I finally began negotiations with the movers.
I compared the two estimates and found the biggest differences to be the following:
- Mover B had a higher time estimate - this is important because moves are based on time, not flat fee.
- Mover A was charging for transport to and from the job (this is a local move).
- Mover B was also charging ala cart for more services, including carting artwork, whereas A incorporated that into A's fees.
- Mover B made a math error in their packaging costs and was taking forever to correct it.
Based on my experience between the two, I felt that mover B was probably more professional and responsible. At the same time, I would ask Mover A for changes.
I talked with the owner of Mover A and agreed to hire them based on the following changes:
- They waived the transport fee (almost $300!)
- They agreed to pro-rate or reduce packing fees if I packed more myself
- The reduced the deposit from 40% down to $1000
We reached agreement on all of the above points. Best of all, I can use a credit card to pay mover B, which is very uncommon in the moving business.
Money Saving Tip - moving insurance
Another area I expect to save money on is with insurance. My insurance agent told me that my home owner's policy will cover my possessions while in transit. That will save $600-$650 in insurance fees.
Requests for comments
- Is it a good idea to rely on your home owner's insurance instead of the movers?
- Should I have negotiated for anything else before agreeing?
- What other strategies do you use when negotiating with local movers?
Have a wonderful Saturday,
Making Our Way