Moving is disruptive and extremely stressful. Moving can quickly go from an eagerly anticipated event to one that is filled with frustration caused by insufficient planning or unexpected circumstances. To make the move as stress-free as possible for each member of the family, the choice of moving company is critical. This means that a person needs to do more than check out a list of movers available and go “eenie meenie miney moe.” Here are three important things to look for when hiring a moving company.
1) Do the Research
If you have family or friends who have moved within the last year, ask them what company they used and the positives and negatives about their move with that company. Go online and check websites of local companies. Check to see if they will take your household goods where you wish to move. Not all moving companies haul long distances. Make a list of three companies that seem to best fit your needs. Call the company and ask more specific questions about your situation. It is important that you choose a company that is easy to contact, treats customers with respect and that is willing to work with you for the most positive outcome.
2) Those Pesky Details
Choosing a moving company is all about those details that are easy to miss or skip, but that can make a huge difference in the long run.
- Make sure the moving company has all the legal licenses and certification required in your present and future location.
- Make sure the moving company offers insurance so your goods will be protected should something happen in transit.
- Make sure the cost estimate is something you can afford and that you are clearly apprised of any possible extra fees that might be incurred in certain circumstances.
- Read any contract offered, including small print. Anything offered verbally needs to be included in the written document.
- Ask for and check references. It also doesn’t hurt to go online and check reviews of the moving company and the services they offer.
- While the company is most likely bonded, ask. Also make sure each mover who will be involved with your move is also certified, bonded and insured for your safety.
- After talking to at least three companies and receiving estimates, compare the overall service and not just the bottom line. One moving company may offer more services than another one, or services that better work with your situation.
3) Packing and Unpacking
Ask specific questions about the packing procedure.
- Do they send in a crew to do all the packing or expect you to do some or all of the packing? Ask how might this affect the insurance coverage.
- Will the moving company supply boxes, tape, markers and labels with the cost estimate, for an extra fee or expect you to purchase these materials.
- Check what guarantees you have that your goods will arrive on schedule and in the same condition in which they were packed?
Before hiring a moving company, make a list of your requirements. This way, you make sure that you cover all your bases when talking with a moving company. While choosing a moving company takes time and effort, choosing the right one ensures a much smoother and less stressful move.
Michael Little has worked as a home and corporate relocation specialist for the past 6 years. For more information, please visit All Star Move at allstarmove.com.