When you’re considering a local or long distance move, finding the right moving company is an important decision. While a DIY move in an option, getting help from professionals means that you’ll get to have someone with decades of experience making sure that your move is completed properly. Finding a good moving company, however, is often easier said than done. Many people don’t know exactly what they should be looking for in a reputable moving company.
To help ease your mind about hiring movers, it may be a good idea to get a few tips on what kinds of things you should be looking for in a moving company. Here are a few helpful tips for finding a quality mover.
Qualities of Good Moving Company
The internet is an excellent tool for finding a mover, as long as you use it properly. Don’t go to just one movers site or pay attention to only one review site before making a final decision. Use Google search to find multiple movers in your area and if you’re moving long distance, consider looking at national van lines companies. Make sure to look at more than one review for each company you consider and if you can, try and find user reviews from people who have used them recently. Taking a multifaceted approach to searching is a great first step to finding someone you can trust.
Remember to ask for a detailed, printed estimate form when the movers arrive. This estimate should look similar to any online estimate or pre-move estimate that you have received so far. If there are differences, the moving coordinator should be able to easily explain where they come from. Your mover should also be able to explain any terminology you don’t understand in any of your moving documents. If they say that they can’t do any one of these things, that’s a red flag. You should also note that reputable moving companies will also ask you for little-to-no money upfront. Most moves are paid for, in full, once the job is complete.
In all 50 states, the law requires that a moving company carry some form of insurance and liability protection. This is for protection and indemnification as well as the mover’s protection. A good moving company should be able to show you documented proof of insurance upon request. It should also be mentioned in your moving service agreement.
Last, but certainly not least, is the importance of a reading through all of your contracts and documentation before agreeing to anything. Remember, this is your move, your money, your deadline, you should never feel pressure to move faster than you’re comfortable with. Never, under any circumstance, sign a blank contract or one in which you don’t understand all of the conditions of the agreement. Get everything in writing and make sure you have a clear understanding of what to expect.
Following these tips will help ensure that you have a stress-free move. For more advice, remember to keep coming back to our blog.