Frequently Asked Questions

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Moving is often one of life’s most stressful events. There are so many variables to deal with. Going through all of your belongings can bring on a lot of emotions, and changing the location of your home takes a while to get used to. We understand this and that’s why we make it our first priority to put you and your family first in the moving process. As a full-service moving company, we are there for you from the relocation estimate to the final move.

Moving can be exciting, too, and even fun—especially if you have the help you need, and your questions are answered.That’s why we created the list below. We know it’s important to you and your family to be as prepared as possible as you plan your upcoming relocation. 

Read below for some of the most common questions we get from our customers:

Why is it important to hire Sunshine Movers for my upcoming relocation?

Sunshine Movers is consistently given 5 star ratings on Google, and for good reason. We take the relationships we have with our customers seriously, and we make sure our people are taken care of. We know that packing up your house and changing the location where you live is a big event. We are here each step of the way to guide you through it.

What makes Sunshine Movers different from other moving companies?

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Moving people into their homes isn’t just a job for us, it’s a mission. We aren’t satisfied until every last item is put in its place in your new home. We are in the business of making the moving process as stress-free and efficient as possible. By offering packing services, we are able to offer you the option of having more time and energy to prepare for your move in other ways. Also, we will move your antique and specialty items, including pianos. Sunshine Movers puts a little extra time and attention into each move than you’d typically expect of movers, and that’s what makes us stand out. It makes our day to finish up a move for a customer and leave them settling into their new home, knowing they are happy. 

How soon should I contact Sunshine Movers to get an estimate on my move?

The best time is 2-3 months before a move. That way, we can come out and give you an estimate based on how many and what types of items you have. This also helps us to plan and prepare if you have specialty items. Also, like we mentioned in The Ultimate Must-Have Printable Moving Checklist, the earlier you plan your move and get going on preparations, the smoother things go. The bonus for planning ahead? It also saves you money because the move takes us less time!

What are typical moving costs?

Every move is different. The best way to find out the expenses involved for your upcoming move is to contact us so we can get an idea of what your moving needs are. Once we find out the distance of your relocation and what type of items you have, we can better answer this question for you. Call us today for a free estimate.

Can I schedule a move online?

Because we have no way of knowing how long a move will take without an assessment, we always schedule moves in person when we come out to do an estimate. We want to make sure we have all the information we need so we can give you our most accurate evaluation.

What should I do if my move date changes?

If your move date changes, make sure to contact Sunshine Movers as soon as possible. We will get you rescheduled for a date that works better for you.

Who should I notify of my move?

Aside from friends and family, you will want to update these places:

  • Healthcare providers: doctors, dentists, physical therapists, etc.
  • The post office in the town you’re moving from
  • Department of motor vehicles in your new town
  • Utility and waste management companies
  • Credit card companies
  • Banks
  • Insurance companies
  • Magazine subscriptions 
  • Voter registration
  • Your cell phone provider
  • The IRS
  • Government agencies


Do you move seniors?

Yes, we do. Sunshine Movers specializes in helping seniors relocate. In a state with a large retired population, we are a trusted moving company. Find out more about our senior moving services

What happens when Sunshine Movers comes out to my home to give me an estimate? 

We will go through your home with you to get an idea of what items need to be transported and whether you will need our help packing. While there, we also find out if there are any antique or specialty items that will need special care during the move. This is how we’re able to come up with a general idea of the cost of the move.

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I’m moving to a smaller home. How do I find a good company for moving storage?

Sunshine Movers is a local company and we’ve vetted many other businesses in the area as our referral partners. Contact us to find out which storage companies and other businesses we recommend.  

Help! I have so much stuff and I have to move in 6 weeks. What should I do?

We know how overwhelming moving can be. That’s why we have many resources available to you to help you through your moving transition. Check out The Ultimate Must-Have Printable Moving Checklist, What to Expect for Moving Day and 25 Easy Packing Tips to Make Your Move Stress-Free

Our best advice is to start early and declutter as much as possible!

Do you pay movers before or after the move?

Payment isn’t due until the move is complete. 

How should I pay and what are the payment methods?

We take cash, credit card, or check. A 5% discount is given for cash.

What are the best ways to keep my moving expenses low?

The easier it is for movers, the quicker we can get you into your new home, which means less time on the clock that you’re being charged for on moving day. Decluttering ahead of time and making sure drawers have been emptied out are good ways to ensure that our part takes less time and saves you money.

Here are some ideas of things to do to keep costs down: 

Clear the walkway for movers when they’re taking your belongings out to the moving truck. Remove loose items from furniture drawers so they don’t fall out during transport.

Read How to Pack for a Move 25 Easy Packing Tips to Make Your Move Stress-Free or have us do the packing for you. Contact us to find out more.

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What should I expect on moving day? 

Read this article so you feel more prepared: What to Expect on Moving Day. 

I have a lot of clutter in my home. What should I do about that?

This is not unusual, so don’t give yourself a hard time! Still, getting rid of clutter helps the moving process go much smoother.

We recommend having a friend help you go through your belongings, room by room. You’ll find it’s easier to whittle them down when you have a friend guiding you. Having separate piles for items to keep, give away, and throw away are also helpful.

Once you’ve set your moving date, plan to declutter a little bit each day. Set a timer and get to work. When you’re done, it may surprise you to see what you’ve accomplished.

You can also declutter as you go during the packing process.

What is the best way to pack my stuff? 

Read this article for our best packing tips: How to Pack for a Move 25 Easy Packing Tips to Make Your Move Stress-Free

Do you offer a moving checklist so I can stay on track?

Yes, we do. Make sure to print out The Ultimate Must-Have Printable Moving Checklist

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Do you move pianos and extra large, heavy items?

Yes, and this is one of the many reasons we are the preferred Bradenton, Sarasota, and Tampa Movers in the area. At Sunshine Movers, our team is highly trained and experienced at moving pianos, antique and specialty items. We also have the proper equipment to keep your prized belongings safe and secure.

Should I empty file cabinets and dresser drawers?

Yes. It’s always a good idea to clear out any drawers, whether it’s a file cabinet, nightstand, or entertainment stand.

Will movers arrange my furniture how I want it on moving day?

Yes, we will. This is one of the many ways we go the extra mile for you. We will plan out the specific arrangement with you before your scheduled moving day. Then, on moving day, everything will be set up where it belongs. It won’t be long before your new home looks like you’ve always dreamed.

What should I do with my pets on moving day?

To prevent pets getting injured or running away, it’s best to ask a family member or friend to watch them during the move. That way, no one has to worry about whether Fido escaped and that’s one less thing on your plate during the move.

How do I know all of my items are safe and protected?

If you read our many reviews (and there are more every week), you will see that we are consistently rated 5 stars by our customers. All our happy clients will tell you their belongings were kept safe and that’s why they send referrals our way. We aren’t your everyday movers. We will take exceptional care of you and your items and get you safely moved into your new home.

Do you move college students?

Yes, we do. Contact us here to find out more. 

Will movers dispose of trash on the day of the move?

Yes. Debris removal is one of the services we offer.

What happens if there is bad weather during my move?

This has never been a problem for Sunshine Movers. We work work with the weather. If it’s storming, we will work inside until the weather clears up. In the event that the rain does not let up by the time we’ve done all the work we can inside, we will stop the clock so you don’t get charged until we resume.

Do you have a junk removal service?

We work with referral partners that we recommend for junk removal. Contact us to find out more.

Packing supplies

Do you sell packing supplies?

Yes, we do. And if you don’t use all of your supplies, we will buy them back. Contact us to purchase your packing supplies.

I hate packing. Will you guys pack for me?

Yes, we will be happy to do the packing for you. We find that many of our clients don’t have time to pack up their home while they’re preparing for a move. Whether you have young children, work long hours, can’t do any heavy lifting, or just would like extra help, contact us to set up packing help today. 

What cities do you move people to and from?

Most of our moves are in Sarasota, Bradenton, and the Tampa Bay area. We also do long-distance moves within the state of Florida. Not sure whether we move to your area? Call or email us for more info.

When is the best time of year to move?

Sunshine Movers is experienced in moving at any time of year. As far as the best weather for moving, winter is ideal. But if you aren’t able to move in winter, no worries. We will move you during any season.

What day of the week is best for a move?

We move Monday through Saturday. Let us know what day works best for you and we will get your relocation scheduled.

How do I change my address?

The quickest and easiest way is to go to USPS.com/move.

Once I relocate, where do I get my address changed on my driver’s license?

You can get your address changed on your driver’s license either in person or online. The Florida DMV has a change of address form online, or you can go in person to the closest Florida Drivers License office near you.

Do you offer a military discount?

Yes, we do. Sunshine Movers supports veterans and the US Military. When you contact us for your free moving estimate, let us know if you’re a veteran and you will be given the military discount at the time of your move.

Don’t see your question here? Call or email us for more information. We’re happy to help!

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