Whether you are moving by yourself or hiring a moving company, planning ahead of time is the key to having a successful, stress-free move. Moving companies can book up quickly and are less likely to have availability for a last minute move, especially during the spring and summer months. If you contact a moving company with advanced notice, you are much more likely to secure the date you want and can also request an in-home estimate. This is the most accurate way to find out an approximate cost for your move. Email or over the phone estimates should not be trusted. If a provider tells you they know how long your move will take by a phone or email estimate, that’s your opportunity to run.