You're Moving! How to Find the Right Moving Company
By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
Figure Out What Services You Will Need
Of course, the initial step in choosing the best moving company is to determine which services you will need. Should you be looking to have someone professionally pack your belongings, load, and unload them for you, a moving company could save you time (and perhaps your back, too.) Using the services of professional movers can be a wise decision if you are moving a decent distance rather than merely locally, but the pros can aid in local moves, as well.
Should you be moving vehicles for instance motorcycles or watercraft, want a handful of belongings stored for a while as part of your move, or might need some items assembled and disassembled, various moving companies supply assistance for these things, as well. Check the company's online site or call them for more information.
Knowing what you are going to need for your move, you are on the best path to researching and choosing the moving company which will provide what you need.
Find Licensed, Insured, and Professional Movers
Finding out that you've hired an unlicensed moving company which might be less than honest could be a mess on moving day. Choosing a professional mover who is trustworthy, licensed, and insured is vital. The good thing is that it is possible to look at the FMCSA website to make certain a moving company you are considering has been authorized by the government. If you locate your potential moving company's Department of Transportation number there, it means they're licensed.
Expertise is likewise necessary. It is generally advisable to choose a more capable company that may charge a bit more rather than risk an unknown mover who will give you an unusually low quote for their services.
Generating a list of possible moving companies that are skilled as well as licensed will give you a solid idea of where to research next.
Request Referrals and Check Reviews
It's not sufficient to make certain your moving company is licensed, however at least the following component of your homework is also simple: researching companies' online testimonials provides you with a perception of what your experience with a certain company might be like. You'll get an idea of the price, service quality, and speed.
Many moving companies are going to have client reviews on their website. These are great, but you will also want to do your own research on unbiased sites such as Google reviews. If a provider has a lot of unfavorable reviews, the problems will probably show up here.
If you know of anybody that moved lately, specifically in your location, inquiring for referrals is a good idea. Additionally, you'll have the chance to ask questions regarding their encounter, expense, and scheduling.
Knowing how much a move is going to cost in advance will assist you to budget for moving day and also will enable you to steer clear of any unpleasant surprises. Lots of movers can provide you with an in-home estimate, or taking into consideration COVID-19, can perform a quote through video chat, if you prefer. These types of quotes are usually more reliable because your mover will be able to see just how much pieces of furniture they are moving, how difficult the move is going to be, and how much time it will require. Always make sure to obtain the quote in writing, if an issue develop later on.
After you have quotes or estimates from a handful of companies, it's time to evaluate. The cheapest quotation, however, isn't necessarily the best: at times you will save time and stress by choosing a slightly higher in price, highly reviewed moving company over an unknown mover with weak or no reviews. It is also helpful to make sure your quotation includes exactly what services you are getting for your money.
Be wary of Potential Danger
It's a sensible practice to go with your gut. If a specific thing seems off, it may possibly be best to move on (no pun intended) to a different moving company on your list. Reputable movers should be licensed and insured. Estimates that appear too good to be true are one additional possible warning sign.
Are You Taking the Leap Soon?
When you are moving, there are a lot of specifics to consider, and your moving company will probably be one of the primary elements into if your change of residence goes without problems or becomes a nightmare.
With the right professional moving company, your move will run much more smoothly, and you will have much more time to savor the experience of settling into your new house. If you have questions, call us at A-1 Freeman Moving Group. We are pleased to help.
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