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!