How can I lower my price?

Unlike many services, customers can do a lot of preparation for a move that will save money.  Since many moving companies charge per hour, one of the most expensive parts is packing and boxing, especially if there are many small items.  The Gurus leave it up to customers, and we understand when clients just don’t have the time or ability to box and wrap.  That said, we also know that many customers are budget conscious, and in those cases, we recommend that the more a customer can secure their items safely in boxes, and the more they can create a clean environment for the movers, the faster the job will go.   Packing and boxing can save a customer substantially, and we’re happy to provide advice on how to do that well.

How can I avoid overspending?

Most contracts are on an hourly basis.  This means that the fewer hours it takes to move, the less you’ll pay.  There are several steps you can take to keep your move to the five-hour minimum.  The Gurus always recommend that you declutter and organize.  It is usually easier and quicker for movers to transport your larger items, so if you can pack your smaller items, such as objects in dressers, drawers, cabinets, and shelves, that will also the movers time and could save you money.

Is it okay to haggle with a moving company?

Customers often negotiate with a moving company, which can result in cost savings. Customers may want to research average rates and gather multiple quotes to compare prices and services. Always approach the negotiation politely, highlight competitor offers, and be open to compromises to reach a mutually beneficial agreement.  Keep in mind that while the estimates may seem high, moving companies face many “hidden” and expensive costs including labor costs, vehicle expenses, insurance, licensing and permits, advertising and marketing, and taxes.

What is the cheapest day of the week to move?

The cheapest day of the week to move can vary depending on factors such as location, season, and demand. However, in general, weekdays tend to be less expensive than weekends for moving because there is typically lower demand. Specifically, Tuesdays and Wednesdays are often cited as the cheapest days to move since they are in the middle of the week and at less popular choices for moving compared to Fridays and weekends.

What is a good tip for movers?

A good tip for movers is typically 10% to 15% of the total moving cost, or about $20 to $50 per mover for a standard move. However, if the move is particularly challenging, involves heavy or delicate items, or if the movers have provided exceptional service, you may consider tipping more generously. Ultimately, tipping is discretionary, and it’s important to consider factors such as the quality of service, professionalism, and your budget when determining the appropriate tip amount.

I just got an estimate from a moving company that is much lower than the others.  What’s going on? 

Be wary!  there is a good chance that it is an illegitimate business, may not be properly or legally licensed, and may not have adequate insurance. To verify that the company is licensed and insured, you can usually find this information on their website or by asking them directly. You can also check with your South Carolina Department of Transportation ( to confirm licensing status.  Some other ways to avoid scams or risking your items to loss or theft:

  1. Verify address and contact information.
  2. Read online reviews.
  3. Ask for documentation including a written contract, terms and conditions, and an inventory of your possessions.
Won’t it be cheaper to rent a truck and move myself?

This depends on many factors, especially the number of items you need to pack and relocate.  But, if you have enough to fit in a rental truck, or can haul it all with a few trips in a van, there may be four reasons to still hire the pros.

  1. Convenience: Hiring professionals can save you time and effort, as they handle the packing, loading, transportation, and unloading of your belongings.
  2. Expertise: Professional movers have the experience and equipment to safely handle and transport your items, reducing the risk of damage.
  3. Insurance: Reputable moving companies typically offer insurance coverage for your belongings during transit, providing peace of mind.
  4. Reliability: With a moving company, you can rely on a scheduled moving date and professional assistance throughout the process.
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