How To Narrow Down Prospective Moving Companies

Narrowing Down Prospective Movers

So you’ve done your research and you’ve collected the names and reviews of several moving companies in your immediate area. Hopefully all of your selections are ones that you feel confident in moving your belongings, after all, they will be moving almost all of your personal belongings. Not trying to scare you but there is a lot on the line by choosing the right moving company.

Depending on the severity of your move, local, long distance, or international, there are certain things you need to look for in your prospects to help narrow down the best one. Now in most cases, people are moving with a budget and want the best possible price for the best service. We recommend spending a little more to hire a company that’s been in the business for a long time and vetted by countless reviews. Moving companies come in all different shapes and sizes. Just because you’re moving across the country doesn’t mean you need a company with over 50 moving trucks and several warehouses. The smaller companies, if researched correctly, are just as a capable of moving your belongings long distances too. That’s not to say either one is better than the other, you could find better prices with either size of moving company. More importantly though, how is their customer service? Are they easy to get ahold of? Can you communicate with them easily? Avoid companies that aren’t always available during their listed hours. A proper moving company will have plenty of staff to handle high call volume during their working hours so not answering the phone is never a valid excuse.

How To Narrow Down Your List Of Movers

First, make sure the movers your looking at can handle the services you need. If you need storage too, make sure your company can handle that because there are some movers out there who don’t do both.

Second, try to find a friend who has used the mover you’re considering and ask them how they’re experience was. Try to be objective when listening to them, take certain things with a grain of salt but listen to their words very carefully. How they treated one customer is a great indication of how they’ll treat you. Simply ask, would you use this mover again?

Third, what does your gut tell you about the company you’re talking to? In most cases, our intuition is spot on. If you feel the moving company you’re talking to seems a bit sketchy, you might be right. Never judge a book by its cover but be logical in your decisions. Be very observant when talking and interacting with representatives of your prospective moving companies.

For example, if you’re talking with a local relocation company, make sure you’re aware of the basics when it comes to moving. A lot of companies are willing to teach you the basics of moving but you can also serve yourself the same information by doing a couple of Google searches. If you rely on getting your information from someone who directly benefits from giving it to you, you’re opening up the door for manipulation. It’s always wise to do a bit of research on your own before consulting with any professionals. Not that the information they give may be bad, but keep in mind that at the end of the day, they have company goals to meet and it’s their job.

Selecting the right moving company is only difficult if you rush the process. Of course there are different timelines for everyone but in most cases, it pays to take your time and be super selective of who will move your family’s belongings. Be safe out there!

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Questions to ask when hiring a moving company

Moving to a new home requires making many decisions within a short period of time. Among the decisions, choosing who to move your personal belongings is one of the essential decisions. With the presence of many rogue moving companies, you can easily be scammed without your consent. It is important to choose the right moving company for you to have quality service. However, there key things you need to know about a moving company before you hire them. Here are questions to ask a moving company before hiring them.

Is the company insured?

Ensure you verify that the company is insured by checking the policy number and the insurance company. Never use a moving company that lacks an insurance cover. Check the insurance cover if it extends its cover your personal items during the move. If your personal items are not covered, consider a supplemental moving insurance. Check your home insurance to see if they offer additional coverage before you can purchase more insurance.

How long have you been in business?

Experience is important just as the track record indicates their ability to deliver quality service to the customers. It is therefore essential to clearly understand the company’s history. Ensure the person you’re in touch with is not a broker since a broker won’t be liable for any problems if there arises any.

Do they have references and online review?

Feel free to ask the company for reference contact list of past clients they have worked with. A reputable company will not have a problem sharing the information about their previous satisfied customers. Contact the clients and inquire about their experience with the company along with the quality of service delivered. This will help have a clear information about the service you should expect along. Avoid companies that shy away from giving their customer list.

What is their rate and estimate?

Confirm the rate at which the company charges. Avoid any company that offers a quote per cubic feet. A good company should be offering a distance rate and a rate per pound. For long distances, the rate may be offered based on the weight of your items. However, the moving company should give you a written estimate and give you a copy. Ensure the written estimate includes all the charges and both of you should sign it to make it an agreement.

What are your terms of payment?

You should only make full payment for the service after your items have been safely delivered to your destination. Remember to also ask about the date which the payment is due. Avoid a company that will ask you for a large deposit or full payment before delivery of your items. After delivery, be sure to inspect your items to ensure they are in good condition in the presence of the mover.

Are there additional hidden costs?

Find out if there are additional payments and circumstances under which they additional fees may apply. Additional fees may include transportation surcharges, hand carrying of the load, inaccessible destination, or load restrictions. Ensure you know when the additional fees apply so that you can arrange for a parking and elevator usage so that the charges won’t apply.