Online or In-Home Estimates

Online, Phone or In-Home Estimates… Which is better?

Online Estimate

Finding the right moving company can be a challenge, but there are simple tasks to make it painless. Understanding what information is needed to identify a good estimate is the difference between a good estimate and a bad one.  Whether the estimate is completed online or in person is key to understanding the moving costs along with the time and effort it takes to move a significant amount of items. Receiving a great quality and detailed estimate without surprising costs is important and is the goal of providing a great estimate.                     

Online or Phone Estimates

There is a challenge when completing an online estimate, the moving company isn’t able to see all the items or know exactly how many boxes are in each room that need to be added to the truck or even packed. For online estimates the easiest way is to keep them simple, each customer service representative will many questions starting room by room, to keep everything organized of what is being moved. The customer’s job is to make a detailed list, or be specific when speaking over the phone to relay all the items that are being moved including box counts or specific hard to handle items.

Online and phone estimates are great for a quick move and the move doesn’t include a lot of items. Online estimates are also great for someone who is on-the-go and doesn’t have a lot of time. They are easy to accomplish because an online or phone estimate can fit into anyone’s schedule. Keep in mind to be detailed about items that are being moved and have a great estimate of box counts or sizes to help keep things smooth.

In Home Estimates

In-Home EstimatesThe difference, in-home estimates more accurate. If you are on a budget it will almost be spot on. In-person communication is key when moving and handling customers belongs. If there is availability to schedule an in-home estimate to achieve a full estimated budget and an accurate inventory of all the items.

In-home estimates can be time consuming. That will depend on the amount of items or boxes that are needed to be inventoried. Make sure there is enough time to allocate to spending with the moving company to take the inventory to get an accurate list.


Either option for a moving estimate will always depend on what is best for the customer. These options provide the convenience and reassurance that the estimate is being done correctly. These options also provide that the items are being properly accounted for before the move and to provide a detailed estimate to ensure the move is on budget for the customer.

Get an ACCURATE Moving Estimate

Accurate Moving EstimateAn accurate moving estimate should not resemble pulling teeth! Nobody likes surprises, not the customer and not the business!  The best way to get an accurate moving quote is to learn the biggest factors and plan accordingly. Let us help!

How to Get an Accurate Moving Estimate {In 3 easy steps}

  1. Report Appliances
  2. Report Large / Unusual Items (Hot tubs, safes, pianos, exercise equipment)
  3. Do a Video Tour

The rest of the information can be easily estimated by evaluating the number of individuals in your household and the size of your home.  Bonus points if you have moved at all recently (and had a good experience) and can report the time, weight or other details!

Why an Accurate Estimate Matters

Having a precise moving estimate is critical for a variety of reasons

  1. The number of crew members on your job
  2. The length of time
  3. The size of the truck
  4. Supplies

Unfortunately, inventory changes, differences in distance and other factors can have a huge (re:awful) impact on a move.  Delays, lack of space and supplies and general unpreparedness can be catastrophic.  Hiding or forgetting items will cost you in the long run!  It is best to be transparent.

The Beauty of Video Tours

In the past, tours were largely reserved for long distance relocations.  Today, we have the beauty of technology and can tour any home, any time, anywhere!  Walking through your home on Facetime, Skype or Google chat – We are able to see every detail with our expert eye.  It’s an amazing tool!

Call us today for your free moving estimate, or fill out our helpful moving quote here.

Moving Estimate

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Different Types of Moving Estimates

Moving Estimates

The Different Types of Moving Estimates and an Explanation of Each!

Many types of estimates exist when scheduling and planning your next big move! It is important to understand the differences of each, as well as the information that is required to be provided within the state of Ohio by the PUCO (Public Utilities Commission of Ohio).

A Non-Binding Written Estimate: When planning your move, it is common that a representative of the moving company will complete a visual inspection of the items that you will be moving. This is the basis for the non-binding written estimate, and if a fee is assessed for the inspection, then that fee is applied toward your final bill if the move is completed. It is also possible to waive the inspection, and you can do so by indicating on the estimate itself when signing.

A Binding Written Estimate: Your chosen moving company cannot exceed the amount that was stated in your moving estimate.

A Guaranteed-not-to-Exceed Written Estimate: Specifies the highest amount that can be charged for your move.

All moving estimates will include information such as the moving service provider’s full contact information, PUCO number, and the date of your estimate. In addition, your name and contact information, as well as your acceptance signature, is also a part of every completed estimate.  Other information, such as your destination(s), payment process, dates, and any items that are damaged or broken prior to services being provided, is also a part of the estimate. Mileage, weight, any storage costs, deposit information, and the type of insurance coverage chosen for your goods are also included.

An oral estimate should only ever be given if the total cost for your move is less that $500, or for short-notice moves that may take place in less than five days of you contacting a moving company. Any additional services that you may add require an agreed upon addendum, and not an oral estimate, regardless of the add-on value.

Knowing what to expect for your next move is key! Do the necessary research and select a company that follows the proper procedures for operation.  Get start with a free moving estimate today!

Moving During COVID-19? Five Tips for Staying Safe!

Are you planning a move during COVID-19? On your moving day, the tasks to complete are many and the hours are few.  Your day starts with anxiously awaiting the movers to arrive and, when using Moving Ahead Services, becomes one of relief because they are on-time and they present as professionals.  However, even with the best movers and the best planning, anxiety and stress are bound to emerge.  There is a lot to think about.  Complicating a move in 2020 and in the near-term future is the unprecedented uncertainty due to the COVID-19 virus.

Challenges Right Now

Taking on any major change under normal conditions is stress-inducing.  For most of 2020, and for the undetermined future, however, normal activities and a reasonable expectation of process is in flux because of the pandemic.  Questions you may be asking include: Should you put off moving?  Should you try to move yourself despite knowing you need help?  Are there concerns ‘you don’t know you don’t know’, only made worse during COVID-19?  Like with most activities, COVID-19 has added a complicating layer on moving, and it can be incredibly nerve-racking.   Work to mitigate risk and anxiety if you need to plan and execute a move during these uncertain times.

Practical Tips for Your Move During COVID-19

Before we list the practical advice, remember to take measures to care for yourself and your loved ones.  Daily habits that work to keep you healthy mentally and physically will go a long way in minimizing issues that come from forces outside of our collective control.

  • One important way to limit stress during your move, and especially during this time of COVID-19, is to limit commitments.  Stay focused on taking care of your needs and that of your immediate family and then, when your move is complete, you can pick up again helping others.  Don’t be afraid to say “no”; people will understand and they can relate.  In addition, limiting commitments limits your interaction with others, which reduces your risk of contracting contagious infections.  What other practical steps can you take before and on your moving day to minimize risk of exposure during COVID-19?
  • Opt for a virtual “in-home” estimate.  Moving Ahead Services offers this service should our customers prefer to limit the number of people in their homes.  Should you prefer a traditional in-person home estimate, MAS will send only the required number of personnel and will follow recommended safety protocols including mask-wearing and physical distancing.
  • Limit the number of family members who are present on moving day.  Anyone who needs to be present should be wearing a mask and should sanitize their hands often.  Moving Ahead Services movers are following these strict mask and hand-washing protocols as part of our overall safety plans.  Our crews are also self-reporting their temperatures and overall wellness as part of their personal responsibilities to our clients during this time.
  • Be diligent about disinfecting.  Carry disinfectant wipes with you so you can use them on apartment building handles, elevator nobs, and door handles in advance of your movers.  If you’re driving your own moving truck or rental, wipe down the car door handles, the steering wheel, and other driver-side high touch points before you’re driving for the day.

Introducing Electrostatic Cleaning

Not only are you moving out of your current location, you’re moving into a new one. COVID-19 guidelines from the CDC include washing hands and surfaces frequently.  So what about your new location?  How do you ensure your peace of mind regarding the cleanliness of the place you’re moving into?

  • Take advantage of Moving Ahead Services’ new service offering: Electrostatic Disinfectant. Our electrostatic spraying will help eliminate 99.999% of bacteria and viruses, including COVID-19, H1N1; MRSA; Norovirus; HIV; Legionella; Hepatitis A, B, and C; Ebola virus; among others. The method uses an electric charge to ensure the disinfectant reaches as much surface area as possible, and could be applied before you move into a new house, apartment, or office.

Lastly, once your movers have finished and the move is complete, give yourself some mental ‘space and grace’.  Don’t expect your new office or home arrangement to be perfect in a short-amount of time.  You may feel the urgency to get everything right, but moving can be hard, and moving during COVID-19 brings an additional challenge.  Acknowledging this, and taking a bit more time for cleaning and moving your items will go a long way in your efforts to staying safe during your move.

Do you want to take advantage of the extra protection of our Electrostatic Cleaning service?  Contact us today!

Moving labor in Cincinnati

Moving LaborAre you looking for help with your move in the Cincinnati area? Do you wonder about hiring professional labor and whether it’s worth it for you?  How do you find good people you can trust?  You probably already understand how tiring just planning a move can be; remember that the packing and loading of moving is literally hard work.  Don’t overestimate how much you can do alone, and don’t underestimate the value of trained, reliable manual labor.  Even if you have a ‘small’ move, it can be tedious and taxing on your mental and physical state.  Moving Ahead Services is a trusted Cincinnati moving company experienced in providing quality, trustworthy moving labor in Cincinnati.  Our team is efficient, knowledgable, friendly, and ready to work for you.  Hire the muscle from Moving Ahead Services to make your residential or commercial move a successful one.

What Can Moving Labor Do?

It might seem counterintuitive, but allocating some resources to hire labor to help with your move can actually prove to save you money.  The professional labor at Moving Ahead Services will ensure your tasks will be completed as you need.  They know what they are doing, they will not waste your time, and they will not damage your valuables.  In addition to other services, Moving Ahead Services will help you with other tasks you may not have considered:

  • Disassembling your furniture and large items, and reassembling them upon completion;
  • Packing, including professionally wrapping and padding with care and safety always in mind;
  • Truck loading and unloading, including maximizing the usable space and knowing what items can be loaded next to each other for a safe transport to your new location;
  • Driving your rented moving truck!  We offer qualified drivers even if you don’t use our trucks;
  • Cleaning up the odds and ends!  Could you use a handyman at the end of your move for the remaining tasks?  Moving Ahead Services can provide the right people for the job.

Moving Ahead Services is a true partner in our customers’ moving experience.  We strive to provide exactly what you need, and only what you need, whether it’s in the beginning, end, or any time in between to ensure your household items or office inventory are packed, loaded, and moved exactly as you require.

Hiring Moving Labor

We all have been tempted to ‘hire’ our friends with the promise of a pizza lunch provided after a move.  While their intentions may be good, the results can be less than desired.  Unless you hire professional movers like Moving Ahead Services, you may find yourself with unreliable help that shows up late, leaves early, or has ‘something come up’.  Plan ahead and avoid finding yourself in a bind on moving day, costing you financially and emotionally. Instead, hire a company that has verifiable customer reviews that you can research and read for yourself, with a proven record of satisfied customers. Your move depends on finding the best quality Cincinnati labor for hire.

When you hire Moving Ahead Services for your moving labor in Cincinnati, you are choosing the best service available.  We provide uniformed, vetted, and trained professionals, who are background-checked and screened.  Our drivers are licensed, bonded, and ensured, and our trucks and equipment are of the best quality and reliability.  We can customize a moving plan for you that incorporates only the loading process, or only a driver; our company is flexible and offers affordable prices with unique service options made to suit your needs.

Common Labor Requests

Enjoy complete time-freedom by hiring Moving Ahead Services’s moving labor in Cincinnati. Our experienced sales representatives will provide an accurate estimate of supplies, materials, and timeframe based on the details you require for your move.  Whether you’re moving office furniture, technology hardware, home appliances, pianos, or you just need help with loading and unloading a small apartment, Moving Ahead Services is happy to work with you as professional moving labor in Cincinnati.  Contact us today!

Moving Labor in Pittsburgh

Moving LaborCould you use an extra hand (or several hands) during your Pittsburgh move?  Would it be a relief to have a trusted group of laborers by your side for the tedious packing and heavy lifting that accompanies an office or home move?  You may have a small business that can’t afford to waste time with an extended move.  Likewise, you want your home life back to normal as quickly and efficiently as possible upon a residential move into or from Pittsburgh.  It makes financial sense to hire trained and trusted professionals like those at Moving Ahead Services to partner with you as extra labor assistance.  We are a highly-rated, reviewed, and trusted moving company, and boast a proven track record of success.  Our Pittsburgh moving labor team is comprised of efficient professionals, providing expertise, supplies, and tried-and-true muscle.  Moving Ahead Services will make an incredible difference in the success of your move.

Moving Labor Service Options

Have you considered the many ways moving labor can help you with your Pittsburgh move?  The professionals at Moving Ahead Services are ready to consult with you and determine the best type of help you may need from a team of laborers.   Our Pittsburgh labor crew is proficient in every task you may require, and they are ready to help you with one or all of the following tasks:

  • Wrapping, Padding, & Packing: We know how to prepare your home valuables or office inventory for a successful move
  • Lifting, Loading & Unloading: Count on our trained and able staff to safely lift, place, and load your items into either your personal rental truck or using one of our trucks.  We are happy to customize and the choice is yours.
  • Driving: Are you unsure about driving your personal and heavy-loaded moving truck?  Hire our team to ease your mind and navigate the roads.
  • Disassembling & Reassembling Furniture and related items: Save time and money by hiring experts who have the tools and know-how to take apart and reassemble your complicated or awkward pieces.  No need to worry about having an office or home to put back together on your own – we can help!

Moving Ahead Services aims to be a invaluable resource and partner in our customers’ moving experience.  We provide full support at any stage of your move, whether it’s only in the beginning, in the end, or at any time in between.  Our company works to ensure your valuables and household goods are moved exactly as you need.  We can even rehang pictures for you!

How to Hire Moving Labor

The first step in hiring moving labor in Pittsburgh is to get a no-obligation, free quote by clicking here.  You’ve already done your due diligence by reading quality information and researching our company; take the next step and talk to our live customer service representatives.  Moving Ahead Services’s experienced and professional moving labor will save you financially- and emotionally-taxing mistakes.  Our company has current, real-world customer reviews, detailing a track record of customer success.  Let’s talk so we can understand your moving labor requirements and customize a plan that works for you.

When you hire Moving Ahead Services for your moving labor in Pittsburgh, you are choosing the right company to work with.  We provide background-checked, screened, trained, and uniformed professional employees and staff.  On every job, we pride ourselves on hiring the best and brightest, and we operate under the highest levels of professional integrity.  In addition, our crew takes great care of our moving equipment to maintain its reliability.   Learn more about our leadership and values here.

Customizable Labor Requests

Enjoy peace of mind and total flexibility when planning to hire moving labor in Pittsburgh. Contact Moving Ahead Services’s representatives to receive an accurate estimate and timeframe based on the details you require for your move.  You may need only two helping hands for a small job.  Or, you may need ten or more people for a large, involved space.  Whether it’s one single item moving from your place of business or your home or an entire complex, Moving Ahead Services is your first choice for professional moving labor in Pittsburgh.  Contact us today!

Moving Labor in Columbus

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Do you need help moving labor in Columbus?  Do you know what kind of moving assistance would most helpful for your particular move?  Talk to the professionals at Moving Ahead Services.  We can discuss your particular current space, your future space, and the items in your move, and plan on the right number of packers and movers.  Don’t underestimate the number of people you’ll need to move and the amount of time it will take.  Packing and lifting can be physically exhausting as well as emotionally.  Hiring the right company to provide your moving labor will make all the difference for your moving experience.  Trust Moving Ahead Services to provide you professional and experienced moving labor in Columbus.  Above all, we are committed and efficient, providing expertise, supplies, and real-world muscle.  Moving Ahead Services will make an incredible difference in the success of your move, whether residential or commercial.

Good Reasons to Hire Moving Labor

Are you searching for labor for hire in Columbus?  The employees at Moving Ahead Services are ready to help you with all of your labor needs, including the obvious ones: lifting, loading, and unloading your goods with precision and care.  In addition, our packing services account for items that are awkward, heavy, and possibly extremely valuable.  Don’t stress about moving a favorite piece or highly technical hardware: we’ve been there, and moved that!  We also offer rental and truck driving service, so you don’t have to think about driving and parking a fully-packed vehicle at your new destination.  Upon arrival, our moving laborers can also help with furniture placement and furniture reassembly.  You’ll be glad for the assistance, and you’ll save any soreness in your back. We can even help hang picture frames!

Moving Ahead Services strives to be a true partner in our customers’ moving experience.  We provide full support throughout the duration of your move, as you specify, whether just on the front-end of your move, at the end of your move, or any time in between as you see fit.  We will customize your moving plan to ensure your experience proceeds exactly as you require.

How to Find the Best Moving Labor

As you would research any company, we encourage you to avoid searching on random internet pages for your labor. It is very easy for a quick shop to buy advertising space online; it is quite hard to earn five-star reviews as a reputable moving company.  At Moving Ahead Services, we encourage you to read our online reviews. We are happy to provide local references to real customers, residential and commercial, who can vouch for the outstanding level of service we provide.   The wrong moving company can cost you financially and emotionally in the short- and long-term. Instead, hire Moving Ahead Services, a company that has countless positive reviews and a track record of success with customers in Columbus just like you.

When you hire Moving Ahead Services for your moving labor in Columbus, you can expect to see our professionals in company uniforms, who have been thoroughly background-checked, vetted, screened, and professionally trained.  Our drivers are licensed and experienced, our company is bonded and insured.  We keep our equipment clean and functioning and we stand by our promise of proven quality and service for every move.

What is your Moving Labor Request?

With Moving Ahead Services, you’ll enjoy peace of mind and a partner company that is nimble and flexible for your moving labor needs in Columbus.  Our experienced customer service representatives will provide clear communication, accurate estimates, and reliable timeframes based on your requirements.  From loading office equipment and furniture or high-end home appliances, to loading and unloading an entire home or business, Moving Ahead Services is your professional moving labor in Columbus.  Contact us today!

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Finance Your Move

Moving Ahead Services has partnered with Affirm to offer our customers a simple option for financing your moving services.

Repayments: Simply pay your monthly bill using a debit card or bank transfer at

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