What to Consider When Hiring a Moving Company
If you’ve tried moving in the past, you should know just how taxing and time-consuming the experience can be, not to mention expensive. Moving services are supposed to ease the process, but with the wrong company, things can easily spiral down, especially if you make the decision in hopes of saving money or taking shortcuts to save time.
Here are five key points to consider when selecting a moving company for your next relocation:
Do your research.
Very often, people say that we should seek referrals from those around us – family members, friends, coworkers, etc. Unfortunately, this approach could be as risky as choosing a number out of your local phone book at random. That’s because we typically trust instead of verifying. You can ask for referrals but not without doing all the due diligence through research.
Get written estimates.
For example, you’ve spoken to different companies and they have each provided a cost by email or phone. All final bids should be full estimates in written form where everything that you have discussed beforehand are included. Before they can give you an accurate quote, a mover should have all the important details of your move.
Hire a licensed and insured service.
Definitely, while family and friends are around and helping you move, you are responsible for their safety. But if you’re working with a professional moving service, this responsibility is placed upon their own shoulders through licensing and insurance.
Look for the necessary credentials.
For instance, if you’ll be moving long distance, you need to consider more issues before deciding on a particular company. Interstate movers need to have a license issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, whose website allows you to look up licenses. If the salesperson tells you they have such credentials, ask for proof.
Read online reviews posted by customers.
No matter how nicely you were received during your initial contact, take time to know more about the mover’s background in customer service. There are many websites that you can check, but make sure you stick to third-party ones – for example, Yelp, Angie’s List, etc.- where reviews are likely to be objective and reliable. Avoid marketing websites, including reviews on the mover’s own website, as they are biased by default.
Moving is stressful enough, so don’t complicate it by choosing the wrong moving company to help you out. The good news is it’s not hard to make the right choice, depending on your individual needs, provided you know what you want.