Deciding on a company to choose for moving is confusing especially when there are too many choices and not enough time. We understand that this is a very important decision and we want to make sure you make the best choice for your specific move. We will be discussing a few tips on how to choose the best moving company for your move.
You need to always be aware that multiple companies may seem good to be true, thus you must do proper research before committing.
Before you even start choosing a company, you need to know if you’re looking to move locally or long-distance. This is an important point because it will make your search a little easier also because some companies only offer local moving.
Long-distance and local moving is different and won’t be the same price. If you aren’t sure of the distance (especially if your move is at the “border” of both local and long-distance), it's a great idea to call and ask the moving company.
Once you know the type of moving you’re looking for, start doing research and we mean proper research. There are a few points to consider while doing your research:
Reviews and testimonials will give you a clear idea about a company. If the company has a website, go on it and read about its history, reviews, and testimonials. See what type of services they offer and if they have the one you’re looking for.
This is probably the best source of information. If you have family and friends in the area, ask if they have any good recommendations for a moving company. In the area. Ask them for help in searching for the best one. If you don’t have any family or friends close by, then ask your neighbors, they may be able to help you.
Research the history of the company too. If a company has changed names several times, that is a huge red flag because they may be hiding something. Company history should be easy to find on google or on the Better Business Bureau website. Be very careful of scammers.
Get quotes from 3 or more companies. Be sure to compare the quotes accordingly. Don't make the mistake of comparing quotes that offer completely different services. Make sure it’s all the same.
Another important point is for a company to give a quote of exactly what they will be moving. So it would be best If they have a mover come to your house to do a proper survey for the most accurate quote. Of course, quotes are an estimate and sometimes can be a bit more expensive than what was originally quoted, but it shouldn't be an extreme difference.
Look out for hidden costs. For you not to forget anything, it is advisable to write a list of questions so you don’t forget the most important things. Keep in mind that some companies offer packing services too and may include that in their quote. Read it carefully just so there are no discrepancies.
You should always be there when the movers are at your home to survey the house for a quote. Your presence is important in case they miss something. Also, this will make sure that they make an accurate analysis instead of just walking through without thorough checks.
Be careful of companies who ask for a huge deposit. Some companies may ask for a deposit and that's understandable, but it shouldn't be a big price. If a company asks you for a cash deposit without a receipt, that’s not a good sign. No professional company should ever ask you for a deposit without surveying your home and assessing the house.
If you aren’t sure of what to do and they insist on a deposit, then use your credit card as you can always cancel the transaction if it turns out they are not a legit company.
Even if a company has been in business for a while, you should always check credentials just for your own good. Sometimes companies will lie and claim that they are registered and licensed, and in fact, they aren’t. You can go on google the Better Business Bureau to check or the Department of Transportation website. If a company offers moving services across state lines, then it should be registered and listed with the Department of Transportation. You could also ask the company representatives for their credentials if you’re in doubt.
Licensed companies should be what you prioritize because they follow state guidelines and will make sure that everything is professionally done.
To secure yourself in case of any accidents and damages to your items, you need insurance. Some moving companies will offer insurance, some won’t even tell you about it though they may offer it, so be sure to ask and get yourself covered. If they don’t offer any type of insurance for the move, then make sure to get one. We cannot stress enough how important this is.
You shouldn’t think that nothing will happen to your stuff, you will never know. Also, if nothing has ever happened to your furniture before, you shouldn't automatically think that you’re immune. Accidents happen all the time and securing yourself is the best thing you could do.
In the business of moving just like some other businesses, there’s always a risk. We offer the best services for your move. If you’re looking for experts and experienced movers, we are here for you. Call us at (718) 619 4881 for a free quote and visit our website for more information. We offer both local and long-distance moving.
A professional moving company will save you a lot of moving stress, so it is best to do proper research and look out for scams. Check company credentials and remember to ask questions if you’re in doubt. Happy moving!