Are you trying to hire movers? If so, you could find yourself overwhelmed by your options. In the United States, there are literally thousands of moving companies. Of course, that does not mean that every company does the job correctly.
Hiring a moving services company is a tough decision and with millions of moves happening every year, it’s a no big surprise that many of them don’t go as planned. To make sure yours goes along without any unexpected issues, you have to hire quality movers. To do that, you need expert assistance.
There are plenty of scammers out there waiting to take your money with little in return. Stay informed with these tips to avoid those unwanted surprises.
Tip #1. Take a moving inventory.
Any high quality moving company or service will take an inventory of all your belongings and decide the bulk weight of your move. The estimator taking the inventory will thoroughly check your items and storage places including your bookcases, garages, and drawers to ensure they have a good base for what you’re going to move. It’s a good idea to take your own estimate of your inventory to ensure their estimate is accurate.
Tip #2. Never pay a large deposit.
High quality, reliable moving companies do not demand a large deposit before performing services. If they do, it’s best to keep looking. As a rule, don’t make any payments until delivery. Remember, if you do pay in advance you have no way of guaranteeing your belongings show up at your home. And it is always best to pay with a credit card instead of cash when you do pay.
Tip #3. Verify business information.
Some companies avoid being assessed by the Better Business Bureau by doing business under different names. You can avoid being their victim by verifying their local address and information with their insurance and licensing information. Also, when you call them, their employees should answer the phone with the same name given. Requesting a state and federal license number also helps in further verifying moving services companies.
Tip #4. Always check references.
Another important tip is getting references on the movers you’re hiring and check them. So many people don’t check references. It’s one of the easiest ways to protect yourself from bad moving companies. Ask your mover for references up front. Request at least 3 references from the previous three months. Be sure to ask those customers direct questions that are relevant to your move such as, “Did the movers show up on time,” “Do you feel like they took good care of your belongings” etc.
Tip #5. Eliminate packing costs.
If you pack your items yourself, you don’t have to pay your mover packing costs. Additionally, if you have your mover pack your items you will likely pay inflated prices for items like boxes, packing materials, and of course labor costs. Do it yourself to make the most of your dollar.
When you’re ready to use a moving services company, consider these five moving tips. Keep your costs down and your stress levels low in the process.