How Much To Tip Movers: The Ultimate Guide (advice from 20+ movers!)

Moving stresses out the best of us!   This is why most people hire movers to do the heavy lifting and careful packing. However, once the job is complete, you likely ask yourself, “how much do I tip the movers?  Is there a standard amount or percentage?  Do I tip at all?”

If your anxiety spikes thinking about tipping movers, you’re not alone!

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You’ll find yourself exhausted and distracted at the end of your moving day, the last thing you need is extra stress trying to figure out how much you should tip your movers, or if you should tip your movers at all.

To help you out, we asked the movers listed on MovingCompanyReviews.com to help.    More than twenty movers offered their advice!   We compiled their guidance and thoughts into this helpful guide.    Check out the appropriate chapter for your move to know exactly how much to tip your movers.

Everyone knows that tipping is customary in industries like hospitality, tour guides, and taxis.  Yet for movers, it can become awkward when customers ask how much to tip them.   Movers do get paid for their service. However, like any service, when you feel as though a mover has done a good job (or in many cases, goes above and beyond), movers appreciate tips.

As Jill Ihly, Executive Vice President, Olympic Moving & Storage/Bekins Northwest states:

A tip for a mover is just like a waiter. It’s nice to get a little something, but the more difficult the job, the more TLC the crew gives, and how far above and beyond they go should all contribute to the tip amount.

Before diving into the guide, ask yourself these questions when determining your tip:

  • Did the movers show a high level of professionalism?
  • Did the movers demonstrate a good attitude?
  • How well did the movers treat your belongings?
  • How hard did the movers work?  For example, did they need to move items up and down long flights of stairs?  Did they have to carefully move large items down narrow hallways?
  • What external factors did they deal with?   Was the day extremely warm or cold?  Did it rain?

To help guide you during your next move, we have created the ultimate tipping guide.   Read the guide below to feel more confident in the tip you provide and avoid stress and confusion at the end of your moving day.

Let’s get started!

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Dive into the following seven chapters to understand everything you need to know about tipping.   Keep in mind all of the challenges that your movers face and remember no move goes perfectly.   The tips from the movers give some fantastic advice, we hope you find it useful!

Chapter One: How much to tip long distance movers

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When you eat out at a restaurant, you may tip 15 percent — which is fairly standard.   However, we don’t recommend you follow this rule of thumb for long distance moves.

The American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA) writes that when moving interstate the average cost sets you back around $4,300.  If you planned on paying  20% in a tip to each mover your entire moving budget would blow up.    Remember, you may work with two sets of movers — one that helps you pack the truck and one that helps you unload at your new address.

In these cases, you’re better off tipping per hour. If your movers do a good job, consider tipping $5-$6/hour per mover.  Others prefer to just round up and provide x-amount for a hard day’s work, such as $40 per mover. If you have some extra cash and the movers do a flawless job, consider giving each mover a little extra.

Everyone likes to feel appreciated, especially when they put forth extra effort.  Make sure that you tip each mover individually for their work, including the supervisor.  Give the supervisor a bit more than the other movers, as his/her job requires management and coordination in addition to moving.   This is not only proper tipping etiquette but also shows your true appreciation on a more personal level.

We asked our movers to provide feedback, read below to hear it straight from the source:

Most of the time on a long distance job, the driver is going to be the only duplicate person at the time of loading & delivering. He is most likely a contractor. So tipping will most likely not be shared equally amongst everyone. Normally a good rule of thumb is 5%.

- Frank from Family Moving & Storage in Palm Bay, FL (website).

 

The tipping circumstances on long distance moves can be quite unique and present their own challenge. It is not always the same crew that is at the pick up location and at the delivery location. As such, you should strive to tip the crew after the load, and then again after the unload. There may also be an advantage, as you may get a better unloading crew if the movers are aware you are a "good tipper". You can apply similar math to that of local moves when calculating how much to tip, somewhere between $6 and $10 per hour per mover for the labor. If the delivery was prompt and the communication from the driver excellent it will be appreciated if you tip the driver or foreman extra, depending on how long the drive was.

- Paul from Go to Moving & Storage in Staten Island, NY (website)

 

First, if your movers ask for a tip, then most likely they do not deserve it. Second, if you see that your movers have treated your belongings with care and respect then please, show them your appreciation. (Only you know how much your belongings are worth) Third, movers shouldn't be tipped before your items have arrived at your destination, instead, tip them well once the whole job has been completed. 10% of your total charges is the average tip for the whole crew. If you are extremely satisfied, then 20 to 25 % is what people usually tip us. If your total moving charges are $2000 then a $200 tip for the crew will show them that their work has been appreciated. Our guys usually receive a 20% average because of our higher than average provided service.

- Luis from Movers on Duty in Gaithersburg, MD (website)

 

How much to tip varies widely based on many factors – i.e. the size of the shipment, the nature of the belongings, the nature of access (stairs, long carries, challenging parking, complex logistics), the preparedness of the customer, and any special handling or services provided among other things. $50 to $500 depending on factors listed above

- Eric from Hansen Brothers Moving and Storage in Seattle, WA (website)

 

It can range from $0 to about $200. The reason for the variance is because it is all based on customer service, timelines, and did they do what they said they were going to do.

- Nicholas from Car Shipping Carriers in Tampa, FL (website).

 

Most customers we have provided service for are unsure whether they need to tip movers. We have been asked that question many times over our 48 years in business. As far as we are concerned, the simple answer is: Tipping is NOT required. However, if a customer is happy with the movers and wants to tip the movers, it is entirely up to them how much to tip. The secret for movers getting tips is for them to provide good service, great communication and to make sure the customer is satisfied with the work. It's that simple!   We have seen our movers get tips from $5.00 each to $150.00 each on local and intrastate moves. Mostly, the size of the job does not matter either. Some shippers have even provided meals during loading or unloading and some of those gave tips on top of that.  We have heard of movers that, upon arrival on the job, want to discuss tipping with the customer BEFORE they even begin to do any work. That is outrageous! To the customer, it may seem as though the workers will define how well their move is going to go based on the tip amount they will give to the crew. At our company, our movers are not allowed to mention tipping at any time - before, during or after any services provided.

- Robert from Tomball Moving & Storage in Tomball, TX (website)

The long distance movers I know have said that 10% gratuity is the going rate. That can get pretty high on large-size and longer-distance moves, so there's probably a cap of around $500 that would be considered "average" for an expensive move.

- Eric from Soda City Movers in Columbia, SC (website).

 

Chapter two: How much to tip local movers

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When moving locally, the same variables apply.  Movers who move you two blocks over still deserve the same recognition as movers who help  move long distance.  Depending on what they help you move (and what they pack or unpack), they can easily put in a harder day’s work than long distance movers.

Our movers mentioned three tipping strategies:

  • Percentage based: 5%-10% of the move
  • Hourly: $5/hour per mover is fairly standard
  • Per day: $10 – $40 per mover per hour

For example, if a crew of movers work for 4 hours, some customers will pay each mover anywhere from $10-$40 for their service.   This depends on how smooth the move went, how personable the movers were, and how comfortable they made you feel in terms of your personal belongings.

In addition to tipping, consider some nice small things to provide the movers –  bottled water, leaving the AC on during hot days, and even ordering the moving crew some pizza for lunch.   Moving is back-breaking work and to support their efforts, it’s nice to go above and beyond as a client. This extra thoughtfulness goes a long way with your moving crew.

Check out what our movers told us about tipping for local moves below:

Actually, tipping the movers IS customary and highly appreciated! During the summer in Arizona, people don't move themselves because it's so hot out. The movers highly appreciate it when getting a tip. It lets them know you did a great job! Our movers tips really vary but typically it's 15% or more.

- Don from Frontier Apartment Movers in Phoenix, AZ (website).

 

If you don't want to tip, you can always ask what they'd like for lunch. Another thing they appreciate is that you do NOT turn off the air conditioning in 110 degree heat. Our movers are courteous about not leaving the door wide open so it doesn't save you anything by turning it off. It actually makes the movers work in a hot, stuffy environment that isn't helpful.

- Lynette from All Star Movers in Glendale, AZ (website)

 

Moving is considered to be in the service industry, and tipping should be treated accordingly. 15% on the total bill is a good landmark and should be split between the crew members, not given 15% per mover.

- Luke's A+ Moving Service in Hurst, TX (website)

 

We encourage 10% of the move cost

- Frank from Family Moving & Storage in Palm Bay, FL (website)

 

From the perspective of a moving company owner, DO NOT TIP movers that did a bad job, especially if you intend on going back to the company to ask for concessions based on mover performance. It really muddies the waters when we go back to analyze a job and see that the movers were tipped (well), as we are assessing any concessions. It does not help make your case when you do this. Tips are appreciated but not mandatory - tip based on good service, not out of obligation.

Dan from All American Moving & Storage in Columbus, OH (website)

 

I usually recommend $5 per mover per hour as a good tip. This applies to all moves - big and small. If it's a 2 hour studio apartment, that's a $20 tip overall - $10 per mover. Say if it's an 8 hour move with 3 movers, that's $40 per mover, or $120 total. It goes without saying that tips are never expected, and we always tell our customers who ask about tipping that you should do it if you feel like our team went above and beyond the call of duty and exceeded your expectations.

- Eric from Soda City Movers in Columbia, SC (website)

 

The general rule of thumb is somewhere between 15%-25% for local moves, which translates to roughly $6-$10/hr per man, depending on how happy you are with the service. By using these guidelines in tandem you can be confident you are being courteous to your crew without spending too much.

- Paul from Go to Moving & Storage in Staten Island, NY (website)

 

$20 to $150 based on the move factors

- Eric from Hansen Brothers Moving and Storage in Seattle, WA (website)

Chapter three: How much to tip movers in New York City, Chicago, and other cities

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Movers in certain cities, such as New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles tend to report higher tips, as moves cost more there.

For higher income cities like New York, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, etc. some movers report tips in the $50-$100 range.   Regardless of the city, the fundamentals remain the same — tip more for a great customer experience.

If you are really unsure what to tip in your area. You can always reach out to the company ahead of time and inquire about average tipping. That way, you do not put any movers on-the-spot, as this can be an uncomfortable situation.

Check out what our movers told us about tipping in more expensive cities:

Our large metro area is Seattle. The tipping amount doesn't really change, but we do see more people giving tips. On average (we have 10 locations across the state of WA), less than 50% of customers tip, but closer to 75% do in Seattle.

- Sommer from Bekins Moving and Storage in Mountlake-Terrace, WA (website).

 

We mostly serve the Washington DC metropolitan area. Our movers' average tip is 20% from the total bill. Although we always tell our clients that tipping is not mandatory. But they usually are so impressed with our movers' work that they feel they must tip them. (And our movers always, greatly appreciate their kindness)

- Luis from Movers on Duty in Gaithersburg, MD (website)

 

Generally, 10-20 % of the bill would be considered good to excellent amount for a job well done. If you were not happy with the way the movers worked and want to tip less, or if your job was particularly easy, it is understandable. Ultimately, what you want to give the workers on top of the bill is at your discretion

- Vlad from 1st Moving in Howell, NJ (website).

Chapter four: How much to tip movers for 2-hour jobs (and other short jobs)

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On average, most movers agree that a 2-hour job typically results in a $5-$20 tip.   That depends on the overall size of the shipment, the nature of the belongings, how difficult access is (i.e. tight spaces or challenging parking), and whether or not the mover handled special items.

Within a 2-hour span, movers may experience some highly stressful, challenging situations. If you feel as though a mover did a fantastic job, focus less on the timespan and more on what they achieved.

Read the feedback our movers sent us below about tipping for short jobs:

For 2-hour jobs, the average tip is $5 per hour per mover, and/or based on individual performance.

- Tommy from American Top Moving in Miami, FL (website).

 

Even for the very short jobs, you really should not be tipping less than $15 per person. $20 is usually the golden standard.

- Paul from Go to Moving & Storage in Staten Island, NY (website).

 

For 2 hours or less, $10 per mover is considered appropriate. If items are extra heavy or difficult to move, consider adding and extra $5 per mover.

- Ben from Olde World Movers in Euless, TX (website)

 

$10 - $20 dollars per mover

- Frank from Family Moving & Storage in Palm Bay, FL (website)

 

Generally no tip is given, but it's common for the customer to buy lunch, breakfast, dinner, or even drinks for the crew.

- Sommer from Bekins Moving and Storage in Mountlake-Terrace, WA (website)

 

If your move is a multiple day job it’s always nice to tip your movers at the end of each day. This is always appreciated by the movers and gives them incentive to do a good job for you the following day. We typically see tips around 15% of the total bill.
- Luke's A+ Moving Services in Hurst, TX (website)

Chapter five: How much to tip movers when they just pack

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Many movers and company supervisors agree that on average, movers who simply pack do not get tipped. However, this varies highly from city to city, job to job. Packing can pose equally hard work, especially when movers deal with valuable or fragile items — it’s stressful work!

Based on the movers we spoke to, some stated that $0 was customary, whereas others typically receive a $20 tip for packing only.    Packing is not as physically demanding, but it takes A LOT of skill to effectively and properly pack a full house or apartment.

Let’s see what our movers told us about how to tip for packing-only jobs:

Packing is actually harder than moving. Although it might not be so physically challenging, it still takes a lot of skill to properly pack a house or an apartment. If your movers, actually care about your belongings and they make sure every single box they pack is correctly packed and labeled, then they do deserve some love!

- Luis from Movers on Duty in Gaithersburg, MD (website)

 

I tell customers that tips are not assumed but instead earned. We would love it if all our crews received amazing tips for their hard work, but it is completely discretionary. When customers push, We usually tell them between $50 - $100 per man per day whether it is packing or moving and regardless of the area.

- Stephen from Molloy Bros Moving and Storage in Harrison, NJ (website)

 

Packing is hard work too, albeit in a completely different way. I think packers should be tipped $20-$30 per person.

- Eric from Soda City Movers in Columbia, SC (website).

 

Normally they don’t get tipped

- Frank from Family Moving & Storage in Palm Bay, FL (website)

Chapter six: How much to tip movers per day

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When movers spend a full day on one job, it challenges them both mentally- and physically.    Based on the input from movers across the country, the standard tip falls anywhere between $20-$100 per day. This appears to be customary regardless of the location, and whether or not movers were packing or physically moving items.

For multi-day jobs Luke’s Moving told us that it’s always nice to tip movers at the end of each day. This not only rewards a job well-done, but provides an extra incentive to push hard the following day.

Let’s see what our movers told us about how much to tip per day:

I would say 95% of our jobs fall within the $20-$100 range for one day.


- Paul from Go to Moving & Storage in Staten Island, NY (website)

 

For longer jobs, you can tip up to $100/per mover. Food and drink are also commonly expected for jobs longer than a couple of hours, and for a full day's job, a decent meal is not out of the question.

- Rachel from Transit Systems Inc. (TSI) in Wayne, PA (website)

 

I never pressure any customer to tip and if they ask how much I just say, “whatever you feel comfortable with.” Personally, I believe Movers should get tipped the same as waiters and waitresses - 15 to 20%.

- Chad from Movers with Manners in Venice, FL (website)

 

The biggest tip I ever received in cash as a mover was $200. We had just finished an understaffed 20 hour local move. Tips can take all forms. Sometimes customers will buy you lunch and some may give you things (I was given a coin collection recently).

- David from Around Town Movers in Sterling, VA (website)

 

Tipping depends on how well the crew did their job. If they were efficient and courteous I would say $3 - $5 per hour is appropriate. I have seen a customer tip each packer/mover $20 at the beginning of the day and then another $20 at the end. I thought this was very smart because the crew went out of their way for the customer all day long.

- Bryan from Move It Once in Pocatello, ID (website)

 

$20-$50 depending on the move cost and performance

- Frank from Family Moving & Storage in Palm Bay, FL (website)

Chapter seven: How much to tip piano movers

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First things first – never move a piano yourself!   Always hire a professional.

When hiring piano movers ask about the company’s moving trucks, as air-ride suspension and climate control are two variables that can make or break piano move.

Consumers often overlook piano movers and appreciate them less than other movers.  Piano moving charges tend to cost a pretty penny, which leads many customers to believe that tipping is not necessary.

Our movers recommended that you tip around $20 per person.  Depending on some the shape and size of some pianos, the job may require anywhere from three to seven movers.

Read the tips our movers sent in about tipping piano movers:

 

First, never do it yourself. Hire a professional. Make sure they have trucks/trailers that are climate controlled and air-ride suspension equipped. Tips for long distance movers average $20-$60 per person and for local moves, $0-$20 per person.

- Christopher from Modern Piano in Sullivan, MO (website)

 

Piano movers should get $20 each if it's upright piano. For baby grand $30-$40 each, and if the piano is moved upstairs, movers should be tipped at least $50 each.

- Roi from Above and Beyond Movers in Anthem, AZ (website)

 

It depends on the type of piano and if stairs/elevators were being used. If you stick to the classic 10-15% you should be OK. The main thing is that you only give what you can afford. Never feel its a demand but a reward for good work.

- Ward from World's Best Movers in Fort Lauderdale, FL (website)

 

Piano movers are usually the least appreciated workers. When someone is only moving a piano, the moving charges are usually so high that people tend to believe that a tip isn't necessary. Depending on the type of piano being moved, you might need 3 or 7 movers. $20 per person for a successful local relocation is what we would recommend. If you are crossing state lines then make sure your movers are well taken care of, especially if they deliver your piano in the same condition they picked it up in.

- Luis from Movers on Duty in Gaithersburg, MD (website)

 

If the company charges the same hourly rate whether there is a piano or not, it is highly recommend to tip at least an extra $30 for each person involved in the process of moving a piano.

- Paul from Go to Moving & Storage in Staten Island, NY (website)

 

$20-$30 a man

- Frank from Family Moving & Storage in Palm Bay, FL (website)

Conclusion

At the end of the day, like any service-based industry, you’re NOT required to tip movers.   However, even though tipping a mover is not mandatory, movers welcome and appreciate tips for a job well done.

When tipping, consider the level of skill and patience required to be a mover.    Read the helpful tips provided by our movers for your type of move and tip based your own experience.  We hope this guide helps you in your move!   And if you’re moving soon  get a free moving quote from one of our  highly-rated movers.

How to prepare kids under 10 for a move – tips and tricks from a child psychologist

MovingCompanyReviews note:   We’re delighted to have Kerry Brown Hasbrook, Ph.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist, write this post for us.   Dr. Brown Hasbrook is a well known Child Psychologist in the Chicago area, and recently moved with her three children.    Her post below gives some fantastic tips and tricks on how to make the moving day (and the weeks leading up to it!) less stressful with kids.

It is not surprising that moving is listed as one of life’s most stressful events! After all, you are not just relocating your physical belongings, but you are leaving behind your community, your friends, your schools, and all the well-worn paths you created over the years! Moving becomes more complicated when children are part of the equation. Now, you don’t just have yourself and your worries with which to contend (e.g., How do I find the local grocery store, Will I make friends, etc.), but also a whole host of concerns from your children and their different perspectives. As you embark on this exciting journey, it is important to keep routines as consistent as possible.

When my family relocated from Chicago to a nearby suburb, our children were 3, 5, and 7 years old. Knowing that much of parenting lies in the marketing, I knew that how I presented the upcoming relocation to the kids was important. I also knew that I was serving as the main model based on my attitude and behavior about the move. On a basic level, they knew a relocation was impending given the “For Sale” sign in front of our condo and the numerous, quick clean up toys and flush the toilet sessions before showings. Since we know that change is challenging for everyone, especially if you perceive that you have little or no control over things, my husband and I tried to involve the children in an age-appropriate manner from the outset.

Let’s face it, looking at prospective houses and schools is tremendously easier without children present. Once we narrowed down the town, however, we felt it important to bring them along so they could share their input and visualize their “new life” in the suburbs. Seeing their new school, new neighborhood, and new house greatly managed expectations and appeared to help the move feel less scary! We requested a meeting with the principal so our kids could see a smiling and friendly face belonged to the leader of their new school. As always, they noticed things that my husband and I might not have noticed. After these trips to visit houses and schools, instead of rushing back home, we always made time to stop at local parks to play. Again, a new fond memory at a park made it easier for the kids to imagine playing at that park with their new friends sometime in the future!

We also took time to talk to our children about their feelings regarding leaving the only home and city they knew. We tried to validate their feelings of sadness, fear, and excitement by saying things like, “Thank you for telling me about your worries about making new friends. That is a really normal feeling to have when you move to a new town. Mommy feels the same way too, but I know we are a friendly and kind family. I am sure we will make friends really quickly. Just watch!” This ongoing, open conversation was really helpful as my youngest child expressed sadness regarding “really missing” her toys in the future. We reassured her that all her toys were moving with us to the suburbs. Had we not created an open conversation, we would not have known that she thought her toys were being separated from her! That brings me to my next point, make sure when packing items, that your children’s most beloved possessions (for younger kids it’s usually a lovey or blanket) are not packed in a box, but carried with them or you, if possible! Those items can serve as a great source of comfort (we, psychologists, call them transitional objects) during a stressful time! Make sure to mark the boxes with children’s bedding and toys accurately so they can be the first boxes unpacked in the new house! Involve your children in setting up their new bedrooms. Why not give them control wherever you can by allowing them to select paint colors, to choose furniture placement, and other unimportant details!

Finally, allow your children to connect with their old friends when appropriate. In today’s digital age, it is easier than ever to FaceTime, text, or call friends. The timing of visits and playdates is important though. If your children return to their old schools, or old friends’ houses before they have established enough connections or roots in their new community, it can be painful and delay their adjustment.

Kerry Brown Hasbrook, Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Top Packing and Moving Tips From the Pros

Whether you are moving across the country or just a few blocks away, moving can be a stressful process. We’ve compiled some of the best packing hacks and moving tips from seasoned pros that will save time, headaches, space and potential damage to your belongings. Read more below!

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READ HERE: Seven Amazing Packing Hacks for Moving

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Top 4 Movers in Omaha, Nebraska

Moving is a big event. Not only are you making a major life change, you also need your belongings transported safely to your new home. Given that moving can become rather pricey – with a full-service professional move estimated to be higher than $10,000 – you may worry that finding a reputable yet affordable mover is a difficult, even impossible, task.

If you’re moving to Omaha, you are strongly encouraged to choose among the best moving services in town. This will make your move stress-free. Here are the top 4 movers in Omaha, Nebraska.

1. Excel Moving and Delivery

Excel Moving and Delivery offers a comprehensive list of moving services for Omaha and the state of Nebraska. In addition to traditional offerings like furniture hauling, junk removal and packing, the company provides carpet and upholstery cleaning, painting, appliance installation and more. They literally handle every part of the move, allowing you time to simply enjoy your new home.

Excel Moving and Delivery surpasses the competition in Omaha when it comes to customer service. Previous customers have routinely praised the company’s ability to deploy personnel quickly. Even if you need to move in two hours, rest assured Excel Moving and Delivery can help out. Excel Moving and Delivery has also received good reviews for its polite and friendly staff, and for properly caring for items. The company’s pricing is also quite reasonable.

2. I-Go Van & Storage Co.

Founded in 1898, I-Go Van and Storage Co. is a household name in and around Omaha and throughout the Midwest. Thanks to those extensive years of experience, you will get a moving company that works efficiently and promptly. I-Go Van and Storage Company operates in Omaha and across state lines, and can even assist with moves back to Omaha from abroad. On top of full-service moves, the company also offers storage, distribution and installation services. They also specialize in corporate relocation, auto transport and industrial moving.

3. Select Van & Storage Co.

Founded in 1961, Select Van & Storage Co. is the leading moving and storage business in Lincoln and Omaha. They also cater to Des Moines and Kansas City. Their shipping services even include international shipments and DOD/military certified local moves. With more than 80 trucks on the road, Select Van & Storage Co. can accommodate a move of any size without a hitch and at a competitive rate.

4. Murphy Moving Inc.

Founded in 1959, Murphy Moving Inc. is one of the “best-kept secrets” in the Nebraska moving industry. They provide assistance with all types of moves – from residential to commercial. The best thing about this company is the lack of hidden fees; they are completely family-operated and only provide their services within the state. You receive a full-service move by bonded and insured workers, but you are also allowed to help out – which could lower your bill when the job’s done.

Conclusion

Choosing the right mover is never an easy task. After all, many larger businesses offer moving services, as do small-scale local companies. Either way, sticking with “two men and a truck” rarely goes well; you need movers that are insured and proven to provide excellent service. For residents and business owners in Omaha, the four Nebraska companies mentioned above certainly will not disappoint.

Top Questions You Should Ask Your Realtor

Whether you are buying or selling a home, the right real estate agent makes the process much easier. If you are looking to hire a real estate agent, you’ll want to ask lots of questions to determine if the agent is the right one for your needs.

Here are some of the important ones to consider:

1. How many closings have you had in the last year?

You can phrase this question as it relates to your goals, whether buying or selling, but knowing how much recent experience a real estate agent has in your area will help you determine if he or she is the right one. Look for an agent who has had a significant number of successful sales in your area.

A real estate agent who is willing and able to provide a number of statistics about his or her success in the market is one that is confident in being able to help you. This is the agent you want on your side.

2. Are you working full-time?

You will do best with someone who is working full-time as a real estate agent. Many part-time agents do quite well, but they are not able to give you their full attention. Choose a full-time agent if you want to reach your real estate goals more quickly.

3. What aspects of my real estate transaction will you handle personally?

Many agents, particularly those who work in an agency or firm, will delegate some tasks to free their time for the more critical tasks. Real estate transactions can be maddeningly complex, and it’s not cost effective for them to handle every aspect themselves. However, you should know what parts are being delegated and what parts the agent is handling. Plus, the answer to this question will give you a clearer picture of the agent’s knowledge and expertise.

4. Do you think my goals are reasonable?

Before you talk to your agent, know what your specific real estate goals are. For example, if you are selling, know what you think you need to sell the house for. Then, ask the agent what he or she thinks you will be able to sell it for. This will give you a clear picture of your agent’s market knowledge, and it will also help you determine if your goals are reasonable.

If you are buying, tell the agent what your goals are. What type of house do you want, where do you want to live and what is your price range? Then, see if your agent thinks your goals are within reach.

An experienced real estate agent will be able to use current market data to help you consider your goals. They will know details that you can’t find on national home search sites. If they are bringing detailed market statistics to you to help you analyze your goals, then you’ve likely found a good agent.

5. May I see the comparative market analysis for homes for sale in my area?

If you are selling, the comparative market analysis will be an invaluable tool. This gives you details about the local market and what your home is likely worth. Not all homes have comparable properties that the realtor can share with you, but you should ask to see if they are available.

When the realtor presents the comps, use the opportunity to ask detailed questions. This will show you what the real estate agent knows about your local market conditions.

6. What is your plan for showing my home?

For sellers, the agent’s marketing plan is crucial. Know how the agent plans to show and market your home, and make sure that it includes the following:

  • Online marketing
  • Photos, photos and more photos, preferably taken professionally
  • Open houses, at least for other agents
  • The use of technology to help with the sale
  • Home staging help

The more marketing techniques employed, the better your success will be, so spend some time on this question.

7. What is your availability?

If you are buying, find out when the agent is available to show you potential houses. Make sure that the availability is in line with your own. You don’t want to end up with an agent that can only show houses on days or times when you have to be working.

Whether you are buying or selling, you want the right agent at your side. Take the time to ask these detailed questions, and you can move forward with confidence that you have found the right one!

 

Guest post by Phil Henderson, President of Henderson Properties, a family-owned real estate agency located in the greater Charlotte area that focuses on home sales services and property maintenance.