Moving can be a stressful and expensive process, but it doesn't have to be. With the right research and negotiation skills, you can get the best price for your move. The first step is to gather at least three quotes from different moving companies. Make sure each quote is for the same number of items and services.
Once you've chosen your favorite of the three companies, ask if they can offer you the best price of the three quotes. Be aware of middlemen who book your move but then hire an outside moving company to complete it. This can result in broken belongings and inaccurate representations of additional charges. Ask if there are any additional fees the company may charge and how you could reduce costs to save money.
When negotiating with a moving company, hold your ground and remind them of the lowest quotes you've received. Offer a compromise, such as replacing the move with additional vacation days instead of extra money. You can also save money by packing your own belongings instead of having the moving company do it. Finally, be sure to ask about additional moving insurance or liability coverage.
This is especially important if you're traveling long distances or in positions of liability. Knowing how to negotiate will help you get a moving cost that fits your budget.