Think of all the things that people usually don’t like in life? I am sure death and taxes come to mind. What about visits to the dentist or eating your vegetables, especially when you were young? However, I have one more item to add to life’s dread – moving. That’s right, the packing and unpacking of everything you own.
It doesn’t matter if it is cross-town, cross-country, or halfway across the world. No matter how you cut it moving is a major drag and it is something I am confident that most people hate to do.
What are the reasons for this? Well, for one thing, most of us have too much stuff. As such, moving means hours upon hours of packing and sorting. Another reason is getting all that stuff from Point A to Point B.
With that in mind, here are five tips for picking the best moving company. These will help you to decide what is most important for your move and how to finds the professionals who will do the heavy lifting for you.
First things first, you shouldn’t just Google ‘moving companies’ and then pick the first result. Instead, you need to check out their reputation. Talk to your friends, or friends of friends, and find out what they have to say about the moving companies that have used in the past.
This is especially true if you have a special requirement to your move. This could be moving a piano, chandelier, or potentially moving cross-country. As such, you want to hear from people who have trusted the moving company to handle their relocation.
Now, this is not to say that checking out the company online is not important. My point is that you shouldn’t take the fact that a moving company comes back as the first search result that they are the best option for you.
In fact, there are several online tools you can use to check out the reputation of your mover. These include the Better Business Bureau and TrustLink among others.
Do Your Due Diligence
All too often we take things at face value. While we know we shouldn’t we do. It’s hard to explain why this happens, maybe it is lack of time or it is uncertainty about what we need to look for.
With that in mind, here are some the questions which I ask when I am searching for moving companies near me. First, find out how long your movers have been in business and what is their track record. Second, find out if they are insured and what their insurance covers. Third, review their service contract and if you are uncertain, then you may want to have a lawyer review the contract for you.
In addition, you will want to find out if your movers are licensed; if you are moving across state lines then you want to make sure your mover is licensed in both states and in case they use a third-party courier that they are licensed as well.
And the Winner Is
Another tip when you are looking for the best moving company is to check out if your movers have won any awards recently. Sure, it’s one thing if they won an award in 1975, but it is a much better indication of their excellence if your movers have won an award in recent years.
Understand How They Charge
Just because a mover is the cheapest doesn’t mean they are the best. I am not saying you should choose the most expensive moving comapny. Rather you need to understand how they charge. This way you will know what is included in their service and what is considered extra.
For example, do they charge hourly for loading and unloading or is this set at a fixed fee? What about driving time or pick up day and how will this affect when your things arrive at your new home. Make sure they itemize every expense and if you are not sure why something is included, then ask.
Are They Organized?
Moving is not easy, we all know this. But will your movers just show or do they take the time to map out each step? This means checking out your current home and your new home to confirm the dimensions and any challenges which might make it harder to move your items into or out of a home.
In addition, do they give you a project schedule and do they have a system to keep you updated as your move progresses. Doing so will make it easier for you to move homes and isn’t this the main reason why you would choose a more in the first place.