Part of the battle of moving is finding the right moving services. If you live in Richmond, you might be hunting for the best Richmond Moving Services. If so, you could be overwhelmed by your options. What type of moving company do you need? Do you need a piano moved? What about packing and storage options, are those needed as well?
Take a deep breath. Stress doesn’t have to be the biggest factor in your move. However, it is important to avoid the wrong moving companies as well. Some offer low quotes then once they arrive the quote magically becomes much more expensive. Others require you provide a deposit up front before they show. The trouble is, these requirements put you in a vulnerable position.
To avoid these situations, we’ve come up with some a few steps to keep up in mind when selecting a moving and storage company.
Local moving companies are less likely to overcharge or scam you. Hiring a moving company just over the internet can leave you open to more complicated scams. In fact, it is a good idea to visit a company’s office and examine their equipment to see how they do business and what you can expect.
Before you decide on a moving service company, get an estimate in writing. Also, make sure the mover comes to your home to provide the estimate. If an estimate is done over the phone or if it is particularly low, be suspicious. Often, companies offer a lower estimate just to secure the job and then don’t do that good of a moving job. Get an estimate with the full scope included so there are no surprises on moving day.
Double Check Credentials
When moving out of state, this becomes even more important. Movers are required to have a number from the Department of Transportation. This is their license identification. It is critical for commercial vehicles that transport individuals and cargo via interstate. Check out their website and inquire about a DOT number. If you don’t see it on the website, ask them directly. Also ask about their carrier number from Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
In-state moves are a bit different and are governed by the state. If you’re moving into the Richmond area, inquire with the mover directly to see what licensing they hold.
Another, optional, certification is the American Moving & Storage Association’s ProMover program. That requires movers undergo background checks and that they meet the Association’s standards.
Verify Reviews & References
The internet has made business more transparent than ever. Reading reviews and complaints is a great way to find out what people have experienced with the moving company. The Better Business Bureau is another great place to investigate and compare grades with before making a decision.
If you’re interested in any of this information regarding Heroes Moving and Storage then contact us. We’re happy to help you make the right decision for your family and belongings.