You have found the perfect home and now must go through the process of moving. It can be an extremely difficult task to undertake on your own. You can save yourself a lot of frustration and energy by hiring a moving company to do the heavy lifting. How do you pick the right moving company?
One of the best ways to truly find out about a company’s reputation is by asking around. If you have friends or family members who have used a moving company, ask them if they would recommend the company they chose.
Do Some Research
If your friends do not have any solid advice, do your own research. One way is to check the Better Business Bureau rating of a company you are considering. If any customer complaints were filed, review how the company resolved them. Check with a few of the other websites established for customers to voice their opinions about a company.
Call a few moving companies and get an idea of their customer service. Schedule an in-home visit to get an accurate quote.
Make sure you show the person working up the quote everything that will need to be moved. You do not want to get hit with unexpected charges on the final bill.
Ask specific questions about travel charges, packing materials and anything else pertinent to the safe handling of your things. If your home is multi-level, you will want to carefully check if there is a stair fee.
Be leery of a company that has given you a quote that is significantly lower than the rest. If it looks too good to be true, it likely is. There may be hidden fees that will be tacked on later. It is imperative you read through each line of the quote.
Once you have decided on a company, do a little more research and ensure the company is insured and legally able to operate in your state. It doesn’t hurt to check out how long the company has been in business. Lastly, you will want to check the company’s name in the protectyourmove database.
Hiring a Company
Before you sign any agreement or contract, you will want to look for some key words at the top of the contract—binding agreement. This ensures you will not be slapped with some unexpected charges.
If you cannot get a binding agreement, you will need a written agreement stating the estimator thinks the move will cost this much, but will not exceed a set dollar amount.
Moving is already stressful enough. You do not want to be dealing with a company who will not fulfill your needs.