How to find the right moving company
If you are planning to move, you know that you have a daunting task ahead of you. You can save yourself time and grief by hiring a moving company. So how do you find the right one?
Before you hire a moving company, you need to shop around. You want the best price and the best company. The one you choose will be responsible for transporting your most valuable possessions. So you want to know that you can place your trust and confidence in the moving company you choose.
This can be intimidating to some and you may feel tempted to do it on your own. But if you follow these few steps you may find it less daunting to help you hire the right moving company.
1. Know what you have
Before calling for quotes or prices, take a personal inventory of your home. Do you have oversized items such as a safe or piano? If you’ve already packed your belongings, how many boxes do you have? Make a quick list of appliances, furniture, and any oversized items. This will help the moving company give you a better estimate over the phone.
2. Have a budget in mind
Moving isn’t cheap and when you hire a moving company, it is more expensive. You are, after-all, paying someone to do the heavy lifting. After you call a couple moving companies, you should have a ballpark figure for how much it will cost to hire them. You can adjust your budget from there. Remember, cheaper isn’t always better. When you hire a moving company, remember you want quality and care taken with your belongings.
3. Check local referrals
If you know of someone who has moved lately, ask them for their input about the entire process. A recommendation is great but it even better to have some suggestions to make the process easier.
You can also check online reviews. Remember that people are more likely to complain than compliment. Be sure to do your due diligence in researching moving companies.
4. Credentials matter
Your moving company should have a USDOT number. That’s the US Department of Transportation. You can then go online to check the company’s legitimacy. You can also ensure they are current on insurances and certifications.
Ensuring the company you hire is insured and bonded is essential. In the event there is a problem, you want to have the best chance possible in recovery and reimbursement.
You can also check a moving company with the Better Business Bureau. If they have complaints, you can read about the circumstance and the outcome.
5. Hourly vs. Estimates
You will need to decide if you prefer an hourly rate or a full estimate when hiring a moving company. There are pros and cons to both. If you decide on hourly then you may save money if they movers are hard working. If they are slow or unorganized then it can cost you more. Estimates will give you a set price but you will want to request an on-site inspection. This will ensure you’re not given a surprise bill. From time to time, the estimator may not take the number of stairs or volume of goods into account.
While it is a short-term job, you do want to spend time making the best choice. A bad moving company can cost more both in finance and emotion. With the access to information that we have today, take time to research. Once you have done your homework, you can hire a moving company with confidence.