Moving can be a big hassle, especially if you have lots of stuff to take along with you. Packing your things, renting a truck, loading and unloading, driving to your new address – all of these can be time-consuming and just downright stressful. 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 make sure your belongings are safe, you have to consider a few things when deciding which company to hire.
First of all, how much will you be comfortable spending for moving services? All that you let them do will be added to your bill, so take note of that when making your estimate. 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. Also, ask for two or three different quotes from different movers and make price comparisons.
Distance of Travel
If you’ll be moving long distance, consider two things: how much the move will cost, and which moving companies you should choose from. Some local companies cannot accommodate moves across state lines. If you’ll be moving to another state, you’ll have to book moving services in advance so you can be sure they will be available when you need them.
Many movers will pay only part of the value of your belongings when they get stolen or broken. Whatever the details of their insurance coverage, make sure you know. If you find their coverage inadequate, simply add more coverage.
It’s one thing to know how much you’ll be covered for insurance, and it’s another to know whether a mover has a reputation for theft or damage. Get online, do some homework and focus on reviews published on third-party consumer websites. Check with your local consumer protection bureau. Another sign of their reputation might be how long they’ve been providing professional moving services. Remember, only reputable companies last a while in the industry.
Lastly, don’t hesitate to ask your prospective moving company for references. Don’t listen to excuses. If they hesitate even a little, that’s a red flag. If they are honest and provide good service, they should be enthusiastic about letting you connect with their old customers. Otherwise, they’ve obviously done something they don’t want you to know.