Moving can be a big hassle, especially if you have lots of stuff to take along with you. You need pack your things, find a truck rental, load and unload your stuff, drive to your new place – all of these can be mentally and physically draining. 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 make sure your belongings are safe, you have to consider a few things when deciding which 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 do some of the tasks yourself – the easiest ones at least – and let the moving company take care of the rest. It’s also wise to ask for two or three estimates from different companies so you can compare their pricing.
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.
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. 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 they hesitate even a little, that’s a red flag. If they have nothing to hide and are proud of what they do, they should even be excited let you talk to their previous customers. Otherwise, they’ve obviously done something they don’t want you to know.