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How to Compare Moving Company Bids

The surest way to ensure you find a solid moving company that will move your home for a fair price is to take bids. By getting moving companies to compete for your business, you remain in control of the process and have the benefit of choice.

The first thing you should do is realize that different moving companies use different methods of bidding.

Factors that influence the cost of a moving service include:

  • Cumulative weight of all the items you are moving
  • How far you are moving (mileage)
  • Whether or not movers will have to navigate stairs during the move
  • Distance from the moving truck to the front door
  • Weather conditions
  • How much the moving company does versus how much you do

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Compare Apples to Apples

It’s best to determine beforehand what exactly you want your moving company to do. Will you pack your items and have the moving company pick them up, or do you want the moving company to pack your items too? Make that decision before you call any mover because you don’t want to compare a quote from a moving company that didn’t factor in you packing your items against a quote from a moving company that did factor it into the cost. Compare similar services.

Ask each moving company to list additional fees they add to their service. For instance, if one company adds a stair fee and another one doesn’t, make sure that you factor in the difference in your comparison.

Also, if moving companies base their prices on different factors, try to convert one of them to match. For instance, Moving Company A quotes you a price of $1,800 for 1,000 pounds of household items you plan to move and 50 cents per mile while Moving Company B quotes you $2,000 to move 500 miles. That 50 cents per mile with Moving Company A means you’ll actually pay $2,050 for the 500-mile move. If there are no additional fees with Moving Company B, that would be the better deal.

Get Your Moving Quotes in Writing

The most important part about taking bids from moving companies is to get a quote in writing. Otherwise, you may show up on moving day only to find out the cost of moving has changed from what you were originally quoted. Compare all moving quotes based on written estimates only.


St Paul Moving Company Helps Young Adults Spread Their Wings

So, you’re finally moving out on your own. Sure, you lived at college for four years, but what are you going to do come spring? There are so many things to get in place once you leave the safety of campus. Once you get the basics taken care of, and you’re ready to move in St Paul, let RJ Moving know! If you’re just moving to the area a St Paul moving company can be a lot of help. In this blog, we’re going to cover some moving tips, as well how to spread your wings!

 Moving on a Budget

The first thing you need to work out is a budget. If you already have a job in place in St Paul when you leave your college or university, it’s important to analyze what you can afford. Then take into consideration if you’re going to have a roommate or not. Does it make sense for you to rent an apartment in St Paul, or will you need more space? Do your research before you hire a professional moving company.

Don’t Forget the Small Stuff

You’ll probably buy some additional items when you move into your first place in St Paul. While you may have had enough furniture to fill your dorm room, you’ll need to look at things like a kitchen table, couch and coffee tables. A moving company can help you move what you have and what you buy. After you move you’ll need to submit a change of address form with the post office and update your voting information to your St Paul address. Some of these tasks can produce additional costs, so don’t forget to take them into consideration as well!

Moving Around the Twin Cities

When it comes time for the big move, choose a St Paul moving company wisely! At RJ Moving, we’ll help you move into your first apartment in St Paul, and again when it’s time for something more permanent. Our moving company has helped many young adults in St Paul spread their wings. We’ve got you covered whether you’ve always called St Paul home, or you’re just about to.

Contact our St Paul moving company today by calling 612-384-2028 or Contact us Online if you’re to move.


Minnesota Spotlight: Minneapolis

Considering where in Minnesota you’re going to move? While there are many wonderful places to move within the state, we’re going highlight Minneapolis in this blog. And when you need help getting from here from there, we can help.


From fine dining to quirky mom and pop shops, Minneapolis has it all. There are dining venues featuring cuisine from many different cultures. Minneapolis can offer the perfect date night location or an evening out with the girls. Some of the chefs in town are internationally known. When you’re in town, you can be assured you’ll eat well.


If you’re looking for recreational activities, Minneapolis has plenty! The city is packed with parks, 170 to be exact. They are perfect for pickup football games, jogging or relaxing. Of course, there are many bodies of water surrounding the city and in the city. You can take your boat out and have fun on the water.

Things to Do

There is no excuse for boredom when you live in Minneapolis. Minneapolis has amusement parks, water parks, theater performances, farmers markets, museums and more. You’ll have an easy time keeping busy by exploring new things.


Can’t get enough sports action? Then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve got football, we’ve got baseball, we’ve got basketball and did we mention we’ve got football? Watch the Minnesota Vikings, the Twins and the Timberwolves play their home games in Minneapolis. It’s easy to get caught up in all the excitement.


There are many kid and family friend activities to enjoy in Minneapolis. Check out one of the many bike trails, historical tours, theme parks and more. You can spend your time in any one of the hands-on attractions the kids will love.

Do you need a professional moving company to help you get to Minneapolis? Give us a call today at 612-384-2028 or contact us online.