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 only problem is when you pick 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 ensure that your stuff is safe, look into a few things before deciding on a particular company to hire.
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. If you have a limited budget, balance quality and convenience with cost. That means you may have to take care of some parts of the job yourself – the easiest if you will – and the rest will be handled by the moving company. Also make sure to ask for quotes from two or three different movers and compare their prices.
Distance of Travel
Moving long distance means you have to consider two key points – the cost of your move and the movers you can choose from. Some local companies cannot accommodate moves across state lines. If you’ll be moving to another state, book them ahead of time so you won’t have a problem with availability
Many movers will pay only part of the value of your belongings when they get stolen or broken. Regardless of their insurance coverage details, what’s important is you know. If you find their coverage inadequate, simply add more coverage.
Knowing how much insurance coverage a mover provides is one thing, and knowing whether they have a reputation for stealing or breaking things is another. Research online and pay attention to reviews on third-party websites. Visit the Better Business Bureau website to look for cues of consumer issues. Another sign of their reputation might be how long they’ve been providing professional moving services. Remember, a disreputable company usually doesn’t stay long in the industry
Finally, ask your prospective mover for references. There should be no excuses. The slightest hesitation could be a red flag. 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.