Choosing the right moving company
Choosing a moving company can be a daunting and stressful task, but it's important to choose the right one to ensure a successful move. Here are some steps to help you determine which mover to use:
There will always be cheaper: Searching for moving companies based on price is almost always the wrong way to go about it. You may find a new company that is very customer friendly, but there are also a lot of fly by night companies with no insurance, no systems and processes, and over all sketchy business practices. Hiring a mover is not like purchasing a t-shirt online, it is a service that may have severe consequences for not doing your due diligence.
Get referrals: Ask friends, family, and coworkers for recommendations on movers they have used in the past. This can give you a good starting point for your search.
Research: Look up moving companies online and read reviews from past customers. Pay attention to both positive and negative reviews to get a well-rounded understanding of each company. Every company that has been around should have a bad review, make sure to read the response.
Check licensing and insurance: Make sure the mover you are considering is licensed and insured. You can check with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) or with your States DPU website to confirm a mover's licensing and insurance status.
Get multiple quotes: Contact at least three moving companies and ask for an in-home estimate. This will give you an accurate quote for the cost of your move, and it will also give you an opportunity to ask questions and get a feel for the company.
Ask about their experience: Ask each mover about their experience with moves like yours. For example, if you have valuable antiques, ask if they have experience moving delicate items.
Consider the details: Pay attention to the details of each quote, such as the cost, services included, and any additional fees. Make sure you understand the terms of each quote and what you will be paying for. If you are having trouble understanding the quote, have the company read and interpret the contract to you before signing.
Consider your needs: If moving is just stressing you out completely or if you are unable to pack yourself, be sure to hire a company that includes packing services. If you are on a tight budget, you should most certainly pack your things and have family and friends help you to move smaller items, and leave heavy furniture for the movers.
Choose wisely: After comparing quotes and considering all the factors, choose the mover that you feel most comfortable with and that provides the best value for your money.
In conclusion, choosing the right mover is an important decision. Take the time to research, compare quotes, and consider the details to make an informed decision. Best of luck!