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How to negotiate with moving companies

moving company truck

Anyone that’s been through a big move knows it’s a painful process.  Finding a reputable mover at a reasonable price can be a challenge.  Add to that the stress of packing, trusting strangers with everything you own, and setting up life in a new place can give anyone a headache.  But hopefully, these tips that will make the process a little more bearable (and affordable). 

Before you select a mover, remember that moving services are negotiable, but you only want to consider the highest quality moving companies.  Unlike some other industries, you don’t necessarily want to find the cheapest company out there.  Start by asking friends for referrals and lookup each company with the Better Business Bureau.  Narrow your search to 3 or 4 reputable movers and then make them compete against each other. 

You may have read how to buy a car by creating a competitive bidding situation.  But did you know the same negotiating technique can be used in a variety of other situations? 

  • Haggling for lawn care treatments
  • Picking a moving company
  • Selecting contractors for home improvements
  • Getting the best interest rate for a mortgage (or re-finance)

We’ll explore more of these topics in future posts.

Get Moving Estimates

Start out by calling movers and getting estimates.  Make sure you ask each company to quote the same things.  Each estimate should cover the same inventory and contractual items.  You want to compare apples to apples. 

Some companies will provide an estimate over the phone and others will walk through your house inventorying every item. Estimators will estimate the weight of each item individually and use that to calculate the weight of your entire house.   

When getting an estimate, be sure to address these items to avoid surprise charges later: Continue reading

How to negotiate lawn care services

lawn_care_treatmentThis week I had my lawn aerated and re-seeded.  For most people this can be very expensive ($250-500).  But I negotiated a great deal last spring ($42), so I thought this would be a good time to look at haggling for lawn care services!

Lawn care companies all provide a similar suite of services and are ruthlessly competitive with each other.  You’ll be shocked at how easy it is to negotiate because they all want to undercut their competitors.

You may have read how to buy a car by creating a competitive bidding situation.  But did you know the same negotiating technique can be used in a variety of other situations? 

  • Haggling for lawn care treatments
  • Picking a moving company
  • Selecting contractors for home improvements
  • Getting the best interest rate for a mortgage (or re-finance)

We’ll explore each of these topics in future posts.

Lawn care companies don’t typically cut your lawn, but instead provide regular applications of fertilizer, weed control, insect repellent, etc. Usually between 5-10 treatments per year.  It’s very easy to notice the difference between a thick, green, healthy lawn that’s been treated and one that’s only been mowed.

You could certainly go to Home Depot and buy these types of treatments and apply them yourself.  However, in recent years I’ve found it’s actually cheaper to have a lawn service come and do the work for you if you negotiate properly. Continue reading

How to run a Bidding War (Infographic)

bidding war

If you’re in the market for a new car and want to get the best possible deal, you should make car dealers compete with each other.  Today I’m going to lay out the steps to do that visually.  For more details on these steps click Start Here above and read how to Start a Bidding War.

In the example below, you’ll get prices on a new car from 4 car dealers.  You’ll then email each car dealer to make them compete against each other to systematically reduce your price.

Flowchart – How to systematically negotiate a low car price

How to negotiate a new car
Now you may be thinking, hey, that’s a lot of work….I had to send at least 4 emails.  Well, in this example, we managed to get the price down $4800 from our most expensive offer.  That’s a savings of $1200 per email!  I don’t know about you, but even if I only managed to save half of this example, I’d be sending emails all day long at that rate.  Also, take advantage of these email samples that I’ve put together that tell you exactly what to say to car dealers.

The great thing about this negotiation strategy is that it’s not a secret! Even when you make car dealers aware that you are getting competitive bids, they will still work with you because they want to sell cars.