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 always have the option to hire professionals so you don’t have to do them yourself.
The problem is when you hire the wrong mover. All of them will say they are the best, but it’s only you and other consumers who can decide on that. To be sure that your belongings will be in safe hands, consider the following before committing to any moving company:
First off, how much are you happy to spend on moving services? Everything you make them do will add to your bill, so factor that in. With a rather limited budget, you’ll have to strike a balance between quality, convenience and cost. That means you will have to do part of the job yourself – the easiest parts – and the hardest tasks will be done by the mover. Also make sure to ask for quotes from two or three different movers and compare their prices.
Distance to be Traveled
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 only move within the state. If you’ve moving to another state, book their services ahead of time so you can ensure their availability.
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. How long the company has been in business is also an indication of reputation. Remember, disreputable companies normally don’t stay around very long.
Lastly, don’t hesitate to ask your prospective moving company for references. Excuses are unacceptable. If it seems like a big deal for them, be suspicious. If they provide sincere, honest-to-goodness service, they should be excited to have you hear the good news from their old customers. Otherwise, they’re clearly hiding something.