Moving can be such a chore, especially if you have a lot of stuff to bring with you. Packing up, getting a trucking, loading and unloading your things, driving to your new home – the entire process is just hands down stressful and time-consuming. Of course, you can always hire people to do these things for you.
The only problem is when you pick the wrong mover. All of them will claim to be the best, but only you and other consumers can say that. To ensure that your stuff is safe, look into a few things before deciding on a particular company to hire.
First off, how much are you happy to spend on moving services? Everything you want them to do will go into your bill, so factor that into your calculations. With a rather limited budget, you’ll have to strike a balance between quality, convenience and cost. That means you may have to take care of some parts of the job yourself – the easiest if you will – and the rest will be handled by the moving company. It’s also wise to ask for two or three estimates from different companies so you can compare their pricing.
Distance of Travel
Moving long distance means you have to consider two key points – the cost of your move and the movers you can choose from. Some local companies only move within the state. If you’ve moving to another state, book their services ahead of time so you can ensure their availability.
A lot of moving companies will only pay you a fraction of the value of your things when they get broken or stolen. Whatever the details of their insurance coverage, make sure you know. Just get additional insurance if you think their coverage will not be enough.
It’s one thing to know how much you’re covered for your things, and it’s another to know if a mover has a reputation for stealing or breaking items. Go online, do your research and pay attention to reviews on independent consumer websites. Visit the Better Business Bureau website to look for cues of consumer issues. How long the company has been in business is also an indication of reputation. Remember, disreputable companies normally don’t stay around very long.
Finally, ask your prospective mover for references. Excuses are unacceptable. If they hesitate even a little, that’s a red flag. If they provide sincere, honest-to-goodness service, they should be excited to have you hear the good news from their old customers. Otherwise, there’s something they don’t want you to know.