Finding a reputable moving company requires doing hardworking research, but the payoff can be worthwhile. If you have ever had a big move, you know that it can be a stressful experience. And sometimes, a large part of that stress is finding a moving company that you can trust to move your valued possessions at a reasonable price.
There are six steps to finding a good moving company.
Decide if You Need Local or Long-Distance Movers
The first thing you need to determine is how far your belongings need to move. If you are going cross-country, you need to hire long-distance movers. If you are just moving to another neighborhood in your town, local movers are the way to go. That said, you need to check with each company you consider to see how it defines long-distance versus local and to determine whether the company offers the type of move you need.
Once you determine what kind of moving company you need, it’s time to start doing your research. The best way to identify companies that are most likely to make your move worry-free is to get referrals from people you trust. This include:
Family, Friends, Co-workers, Local/ Neighborhood message boards.
Do your critical examination
After you’ve collected a list of recommended companies from sources you trust, it’s time to do some detective work to make sure those companies are reputable.
Do Walk-Throughs, Take Inventory and, Get Quotes
Once you’ve narrowed your list to 3-4 companies, it’s time to schedule appointments. In most cases, that will involve a representative of each company walking through your home to take inventory of the items you need to move.
If a company offers to give you a quote over the phone, that’s another red flag. Likewise, if you do a walk-through and it seems rushed or incomplete, you should be concerned. This is the process by which the moving company determines an estimate or quote, so the walk-through needs to be thorough for the quote to be accurate.
Don’t Pay a Big Deposit
Reputable moving companies won’t require cash upfront or a huge deposit to move your things. You should avoid any company that asks for one.
Review the Contract
Finally, before you sign on the dotted line, you should review your moving contract thoroughly for any fine print that may end up costing you more than you need to pay.
Are there packing fees included in your contract? If so, you could be paying for both the labor involved in packing and inflated prices for materials like boxes and tape. If you’re okay with that, fine. If not, you will have to cancel the contract.
Almost no one thinks of moving as a fun experience. However, with some planning and research, you can be sure your move does not turn into a complete nightmare. That’s why when you are moving the things that mean the most to you, choose a Moving Company that you can trust: Someone who has the experience and the knowledge to ensure efficient, trouble-free moving.