My partner and I found a nice place to rent. We haven't officially signed the lease yet, because he didn't get his written offer letter from his new employer until this morning, but we're pretty sure the landlord will give us the place. If not, our second-best choice is only $25 a month more. Within a month or less, I'll be living in an exurb of Washington, DC (and yes, I'm well aware of the irony).
I've never hired a moving company before, and I'm actively seeking advice from anyone who knows anything. What should I look for? I've read warnings of scammy movers who will hold your worldly goods hostage until you shell out considerably more money than they originally quoted, but I'm hoping that if I go with a national company, that shouldn't be a problem.
What's considered a "reasonable" price to hire movers who will move a cluttered three-bedroom apartment's worth of stuff from Connecticut to Virginia? I plan to pack the stuff myself, rather than have the movers do it; however, I WOULD like the movers to help move said boxes out of my second-floor apartment.
Also: where the hell does one GET enough cardboard boxes to hold three cluttered bedrooms' worth of stuff? Would these boxes be included in the moving-company fee? Also: what's a proper tip to pay the movers? Assuming decent traffic conditions, it would be a six-hour drive from my old apartment to my new one; would it be a caravan of my car, my partner's car, and the moving van, or is it more likely that the movers would bring my stuff down the next day?
Honestly, I know so little about this, I don't even know the proper questions to ask. Any advice you have to offer would be appreciated.
P.S. I still oppose the creeping totalitarianism of our government, and TSA still sucks. I just don't have time to rant about them right now.