Tips for Choosing a Mover
If you’ve ever tried moving to a new home, you know just how exhausting, time-consuming and even expensive the process can be. 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.
The following are five things to take into account into as you choose a mover:
Spend time for 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 listen to recommendations but be sure to do all due diligence by spending time to research.
Estimates should be in black and white.
Say you’ve talked to four movers in the area and each one has given you an estimate of your costs through phone or email. All final bids must be full estimates in black and white, and all that you have talked about prior are factored in. Before you can expect an accurate quote from a mover, they should be aware of all the crucial details of concerns your relocation.
Hire a licensed and insured service.
Definitely, while family and friends are around and helping you move, you are responsible for their safety. But when it comes to hiring a professional mover, they should take responsibility for themselves by getting a license and insurance.
Look for proper 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 a they say they have such credentials, let them show proof proof.
Read online customer reviews.
Even if your first few conversations had gone well, research deeper into the company’s customer service history. Fortunately, there are several websites that you can check, but don’t veer away from trusted sites like Yelp and Angie’s List to make sure you get fair and trustworthy reviews. Don’t waste your time with marketing websites or even reviews on the mover’s own website, which have their given biases.
Moving is stressful enough, so don’t complicate it by choosing the wrong moving company to help you out. Good thing it’s not too hard to assess companies and make the right decisions according to your specific needs as soon as you know what’s important.