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, there’s always the option to hire professional movers so you can relax and let them do the work.
The only problem is when you pick the wrong mover. While all of them will say they are the best, that is for you and other consumers to decide. To make sure your belongings are safe, you have to consider a few things when deciding which company to hire.
First and foremost, how much would you be glad to pay a moving service? Everything you want them to do will go into your bill, so factor that into your calculations. If you have a limited budget, balance quality and convenience with 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. It’s also wise to ask for two or three estimates from different companies so you can compare their pricing.
Distance to Travel
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 cannot accommodate moves across state lines. If you’ll be moving to another state, you’ll have to book moving services in advance so you can be sure they will be available when you need them.
A lot of moving companies will only pay you a fraction of the value of your things when they get broken or stolen. No matter the details of their insurance coverage, it’s a must that you know. If you think their coverage is inadequate, you can get additional insurance.
It’s one thing to know how much you’re covered for your things, and it’s another to know if a mover has a reputation for stealing or breaking items. Research online and pay attention to reviews on third-party websites. Visit the Better Business Bureau website to look for cues of consumer issues. The number of years the company has been in business is another sign of their reputation. Remember, disreputable companies normally don’t stay around very long.
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’ve obviously done something they don’t want you to know.