Moving is a significant process. It takes a lot of time and effort to get things right, and you also want to ensure that you don’t make any mistakes. In many ways, your move’s effectiveness will depend on the local moving company you hire and how good they are. It is vital to select the right moving company in this process to make things much easier for you.
So, without much ado, let’s look into how to find the right moving company.
Get Expert Recommendations
The first step will be to go hunting for recommendations. Get options from family, friends, and coworkers who recently moved. You can ask local real estate agents for suggestions too.
In this step, don’t just assume that the big companies are the best too. Broaden your net to include smaller firms that are trying to find their footing as well. Many of these firms are eager for new customers, so they are more prone to offer some free services or give you lower rates.
Have an Initial Screening
Your next step on how to find the right mover will be to run a quick screening. Now that you have a list of recommendations, go online and conduct a background check on the companies. Check their websites to see what they’re about and see whether they will be right for you.
At the same time, you want to know that these movers are certified. So, check the website for the Better Business Bureau or the American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA) to see whether the recommended companies are members. Note that membership of the AMSA is voluntary. So, while it will be nice for a company to be a member, it isn’t the most important requirement.
Narrow Down Your Choices
When you’re through with the screening, you should have about three to four companies that have stood out.
The next step will be to get a written binding estimate. This will essentially put a lid on how much you can expect to pay for the move. Of course, the amount you will pay depends on several factors such as the distance of the move and the season.
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Get an In-Home Consultation
You can also invite the movers into your home to see what you’re working with. When it comes to this step, you want to be as open as possible. Show the movers everything — in your closets, your basement, the backyard, and everywhere else. If the company believes on your moving day that you have more stuff than what they initially agreed to carry, they might charge you more. So, to avoid last-minute confrontations, let them see what you expect them to move ahead of time.
The consultation will also provide an opportunity for you to get some valuable information from the movers. This includes:
- Their full company name and address
- Their current contact information
- Company references — as well as their contact information
- Licensing details from appropriate regulators
- Additional services that the company might provide
- A final cost estimate
Review the Estimates and Pick Your Movers
Once you have your estimates, it’s time to make a final decision and pick your moving company.
Here, you need to keep in mind that the cheapest option doesn’t necessarily mean the best option. You have to take a holistic view of what the company is offering and how well it fits your moving schedule.
A company might be cheaper, but they might not offer services like product storage and unloading. A more professional service might cover that, but they will be costlier. Be sure to consider all your needs!
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- Fill out our Request A Quote form
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