Frequently Asked Moving Questions
At Colonial Van Lines, as a reputable moving company, we believe that the key to a stress-free and worry-free move is organization. Below you will find some important questions that you should ask your moving company that may save you time and money for your long distance move.
The answer to this question will depend on the size of your move as well the moving services you require. We recommend getting a free estimate, to see how much your move will cost you. Colonial Van Lines offers a free online moving estimate that can be completed in 3 easy steps.
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You want to give the moving companies as much notice as possible. Many times you will not know exactly when you will be moving but it is recommended to try to schedule your move in advance. Start contacting movers at least one to two months in advance. This gives you time to research different moving companies, compare prices and the flexibility to schedule your move when it’s convenient for you.
A binding moving estimate is a contract that details the exact cost based on the services you request at the time of the estimate. If you select this option, your final charges will not decrease if your final weight is less than originally estimated. If additional services are requested or required at the time of your move, the total cost will increase to accommodate the changes.
A non-binding move estimate is not guaranteed. In other words, this should be considered as a ball-park estimate of your relocation cost. Your final moving costs are based on the actual weight of your items and any additional or optional services that were provided at the time of your move. If your final weight exceeds the initial estimated weight, for example, you might be obligated to pay additional charges for your move. If you need a binding estimate for your cross country move, speak with the experts at Colonial by calling 800-970-7498.
In the moving industry there are two main seasons, peak and non-peak season. If you have the ability to be flexible with the date of your move, it can save you money. Peak season generally runs from Spring through Summer. Non-peak season is the late Fall months through Winter.
You can do as much or as little packing as you would like. You are liable for all items packed by you. Most moving companies offer packing supplies and services to assist with your move. Colonial Van Lines offers full and partial packing services.
Many moving companies do require that you pay a deposit, a portion of your total cost, in order to lock in your move date. Requiring a deposit is a typical policy for most moving companies. It will depend on the size of your move, the larger the move the large your deposit may be. Make sure you ask that question to understand each moving company's policy regarding deposits.
It is easy to check if a mover is licensed and insured. The information should be readily available on the mover’s site and materials. If they are licensed they have to offer limited liability protection. If you may need full coverage of your belongings, additional coverage is an option with some movers.