Making a move to a new location can be time-consuming and costly, depending upon the circumstances. Factors that affect the cost of your move include distance, time of year and size of home. Our partners at ConsumerAffairs researched the best movers in Indianapolis to help you make a smooth transition to your new residence.
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The Indianapolis metropolitan area continues to be one of the fastest-growing areas of the state. In 2017, this Midwestern city added another 5,500 newcomers to its population of about 863,000. New construction in downtown and nearby Fountain Square and Lockerbie Square is attracting a lot of residents as are the suburbs, including Whitestown, Westfield and McCordsville. All three of those communities recently made the state’s list of fastest-growing communities.
Whether you’re moving to urban or suburban areas of Indianapolis or leaving Indy for a different state, it’s important to understand the factors that can impact moving prices.
One of the best ways to get a discount on professional moving services is to schedule it during non-peak periods, typically from mid-September through April in Indianapolis. However, keep in mind that the best discounts may not be worth a move during December through February when Indianapolis can get unpredictable snow and ice storms.
You also may be able to get a discount on moving fees if you schedule the move during a weekday instead of weekends, when demand is higher for professional moving services.
To get an idea of moving costs to another state, let’s assume that you’re moving to Miami or Denver (about 1,000 miles) from Indianapolis. These fees do not reflect extra services, such as packing or moving heavy items.
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When comparing prices of different movers, make sure you understand variations in pricing. One company may charge $100 an hour for two movers while another may charge $145 for three movers. The possibility of a quicker move with three movers can make the latter arrangement more cost effective.
It’s also important to ask about other fees, such as the additional cost of moving heavier items like a piano or armoire. Some moving companies may charge extra for moving items that must be transported from the basement or upper levels in the house or apartment building.
Since you’re trusting strangers to move your most valued belongings, it’s also important to make sure your movers are following relevant state and federal regulations for commercial transportation companies.
Indianapolis moving companies are regulated by the Indiana Department of Revenue while companies that move across states also are regulated by the federal government.
Finally, make sure the moving company you select has the appropriate worker's compensation insurance and proper licensing for all of their equipment.
When moving long distance and in need of temporary storage, Colonial Van Lines has you covered. Customers love their professionalism, customer service and that they are up-front about every step of the moving process so you know what to expect, when to expect it and at what cost.
For state-to-state moves, American Van Lines is a national company offering residential, corporate and military relocation. Last-minute moves are considered for no additional fee. Fragile items, such as pianos, fine arts and antiques are moved by trained and certified professionals. American Van Lines prides themselves on a fleet of modern trucks with air-ride suspension so your belongings arrive no worse for wear.
Mile High Van Lines
Founded in Denver in 2008, Mile High Van Lines has expanded its service area for state-to-state moves. Interstate moving services can include packing and extra furniture protection. A consultant assigned to you will make your move less stressful. Customer reviews say Mile High movers are timely and hard working while customer service is attentive and professional.
Busy Bee Movers
Busy Bee Movers is a local company that has been arranging moves throughout Indiana for more than 25 years. It also offers options for moves to neighboring states. Busy Bee Movers specializes in moving fragile household items, including antiques and heavier items like pianos. If you need to move out of state, the company also provides those services. Indy customers speak positively about the company’s timeliness, professionalism and paying attention to the details.
Bellhops, a moving company with a local presence, has convenient options like instant online scheduling that provides you with estimates of moving costs. It also has options for last-minute moving arrangements, including next-day moves. Bellhops consistently gets high customer ratings in Indianapolis for timeliness, efficiency, competitive rates and professional, friendly customer service.
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