Tips for Finding a Moving Company
Planning a move? You shouldn’t just look for a mover but a mover that can be trusted. After all, these people are going to handle your valued possessions. Don’t just watch them disappear into some truck without doing a little homework.
Know it the mover has a license and insurance.
If your new address is still in the same state, ask for proof of the mover’s state license and insurance. For an out-of-state move, make sure they have a unique license number, which you can verify by checking the U.S. Department of Transportation website. This website has information about moving companies’ insurance too, and you can check if your potential mover’s insurance is current.
Read online reviews.
To narrow down your list of prospects, go over online reviews, but stick to well-known consumer watchdog sites like Angie’s List and Yelp (marketing websites are full of fabricated testimonies). When considering star ratings, don’t forget to see how many reviews were written. Every mover will receive both positive and negative, but it’s the overwhelming opinion that you should pay attention to. Certainly, the Better Business Bureau can help by showing which movers have or have had major issues with consumers.
Get an in-person estimate.
A phone estimate is unquestionably convenient, but it could also be a red flag. Somebody should actually come and take a look at your things before they can make a correct assessment of your costs. Telling a mover you have this many bedrooms is far from showing them how much stuff you have in each one. If they want to give you an estimate without actually coming over, be careful. This is not a practice of quality movers.
Don’t focus on the price.
Once you start talking to different movers, you’ll observe that prices can vary widely. As with anything else, you will probably get what you pay for. Definitely, your mover must have all the necessary materials and equipment, and more importantly, the expertise needed to produce good results. Don’t back off immediately when you learn that a mover is out of your budget. You might be able to negotiate.
In the end, you should be able to compare a number of movers to know which among them is right for you. You may think one is affordable, but unless you know how much the rest is charging, you can never be too sure. It’s always important to have options. Spend time doing your homework, compare each company with the others on your list, and then make your final choice.