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Natchitoches Local Movers

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  • 3 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
Ashley F.
Verified review

I initially wanted a full-service move, but I was moving from a small town in Arkansas and none of the big name moving companies like Mayflower or Allied Van Lines could guarantee a crew for my area. I ultimately selected Cenla for a full pack and loading of our two bedroom apartment for $1,000 - we rented and drove a UHaul ourselves. Cenla brought three movers - Wayne, Paul and Alfred, but Wayne supervised - he didn't pack or load. Paul was great - very polite, efficient and hard-working. They showed up at 10 a.m. and finished around 3 p.m. I think Cenla runs a pretty lean operation. Previous movers estimated I would need 25-30 boxes, which I had relayed to them. They showed up with 20, which did the job but I wouldn't have minded the extra wiggle room of having a few more boxes. There were a handful of oddly shaped items that got tossed in the truck that ideally I would have preferred been boxed - but I didn't make a fuss about it. They also arrived with just a few small rolls of bubble wrap - but that wasn't a huge deal because I already had a large roll and Wayne did end up making a run to Home Depot for more when they started packing the kitchen. The reason I'm giving four stars instead of five is because of the communication. When we initially spoke on the phone about two months before my move, Wayne said the only packing supplies I would need to be responsible for were the moving blankets (which I did arrange for). He did email a picture of a contract, but all it said was for packing and loading. I would have preferred something a little more detailed and buttoned up, especially since I had to send a $200 deposit over Moneygram to lock in our moving date. A few days before our move I proactively reached back out to Cenla, just to confirm everything was still set. Luckily, I thought to specifically ask about boxes. Apparently Wayne thought I was supplying them, which was not what we initially agreed to over the phone - but he did bring them in the end. I also felt uncomfortable when Wayne asked me more than once to leave a positive review of Cenla on Thumbtack before they even left our apartment. I like to leave thoughtful customer reviews, and I didn't want someone hovering over me while I did it. I also just wanted to clean my apartment and get on the road ASAP - the review wasn't really a top priority on my to-do list at that moment. Communication preferences aside, I think Cenla, overall, offered good value for the money. I was definitely grateful I didn't have to do all of that packing and loading with our move.

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What do moving companies do?

Moving companies provide a range of services to help you physically move out of one residence and move into a new place. But moving companies can do so much more than just haul your belongings across town in a truck. The national average for moving company prices ($250-$350 per hour) reflects the range of services provided. Here are examples of all the ways moving companies can help:

  • Packing: Moving companies can pack your belongings for you. They typically charge a flat rate for both the box and the labor to pack the box. The more time-consuming the belongings are to pack, the higher the cost per box. For example, books could be $5 per box, linens $10 per box, and fine china and glassware $18 per box.
  • Specialty moving: Safely move a baby grand piano, a oversize aquarium, or other specialty items with the help of pro movers.
  • Storage: Many moving companies can store your belongings while you wait for a new home to be remodeled or closing of your new home to be finalized. If you’re moving long-distance, they often provide short-term storage free for a specific length of time, and a set rate after that (such as $60 per square cubic foot of storage space used).
  • Long-distance moves: No need to rent a trailer and move your things; a long-distance moving company can haul your belongings across the country for you. Typically they charge by the cubic foot for moves, with prices based on your destination.
  • Unpacking: Moving companies can even unpack your belongings for you after they have moved them. This is not as common, and will definitely increase the price, but can be helpful if you’re not able to tackle this task yourself.

How much does a moving company charge per hour?

When you’re ready to make a major move, it’s time to research moving companies’ prices. A moving company may charge on average anywhere between $25 and $100 per hour, per worker, for moving services. The price will vary with regional labor rates, local cost to do business, and the level of service the movers are providing. Nationally, the average hourly rate for a moving company is $250-$350 per hour. This price includes a range of pricing, from all-in service with four or more movers on site to standard hourly rates for one or two movers. Other factors that affect moving companies’ prices are packing, stairs (or elevators), and distance. For a full-service move, you pay movers to pack your belongings for you. You may pay for the cost of the moving boxes and an hourly rate per worker, and there may be additional charges for packing fragile items. Stairs will also add to your moving prices. Lifting and carrying boxes and furniture up and down stairs takes more time and creates more physical labor for the workers. Moving companies may charge flat rates for flights of stairs, such as $50-$70 per flight. A moving company may also charge a one-time fee for moving things via elevator, such as $75-$100. If parking is not accessible in front of your home or apartment building, there may also be an additional fee for the added distance to carry your belongings to the truck.

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