Moving can be such a chore, especially if you have a lot of stuff to bring 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 problem is when you hire 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 off, how much are you happy to spend on moving services? Everything you want them to do will go into your bill, so factor that into your calculations. 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 don’t move beyond the state line. If you’ve moving to another state, book their services ahead of time so you can ensure their availability.
A lot of moving companies will only pay you a fraction of the value of your things when they get broken or stolen. Whatever the details of their insurance coverage, make sure you know. Just get additional insurance if you think their coverage will not be enough.
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. Go online, do your research and pay attention to reviews on independent consumer websites. Check with the Better Business Bureau. How long the company has been in business is also an indication of reputation. Remember, only reputable companies last a while in the industry.
Finally, ask your prospective mover 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.