How to Choose a Professional Mover
Moving to a new home? You don’t need just any moving company but one you can actually trust. After all, these guys will be handling your prized belongings. Don’t just watch them disappear into some truck without doing a little homework.
Check if the mover is licensed and insured.
If you’re moving within the same state, ask for a copy of the mover’s license to operate and insurance policy. If you’re moving to a different state, check the U.S. Department of Transportation website to know if they have a unique license number. On the same site, you can also check if your potential mover is up-to-date on insurance.
Read online reviews.
A good way to reduce your list of prospects is checking out online reviews on popular third-party consumer websites like Yelp and Angie’s List (marketing websites are biased and thus unreliable). When checking out star ratings, know the number of reviews written on that mover. All movers will have both good and bad things said about them, but you want is the overwhelming opinion. Of course, the Better Business Bureau can help in terms of which movers have or have had any serious customer issues.
Have them come personally for an estimate.
A phone estimate is unquestionably convenient, but it could also be a red flag. You can’t get an accurate assessment of your costs unless there’s a real live human being looking at your belongings. Saying you have two to three bedrooms’ worth of stuff does not qualify how much stuff is exactly in every one of these rooms. If they say it’s not necessary to visit your place personally, be warned. This is not a practice of quality movers.
Don’t focus on the price.
Once you start talking to different movers, you’ll observe that prices can vary widely. In the world of moving services, you will get what you pay for in most instances. Surely, you’ll want a mover to be fully and equipped, not only with machines and materials but also with expert know-how. Upon knowing that a mover is beyond your budget, don’t rule them out right away. There’s usually room for negotiation.
In the end, you should be able to compare a number of movers to know which among them is right for you. You may think one is affordable, but unless you know how much the rest is charging, you can never be too sure. It’s always important to have options. Do your research, assess them side by side, and decide which one is perfect for you.