Moving all of your belongings from your current home to a new location can be a daunting task. Unless it’s one of those moves where you can stuff everything you own into your car, or you have an army of eager friends and a truck, you’re going to have to hire a moving company.
While it seems pretty straightforward, hiring movers requires research and knowledge. Hiring the right moving company can make a complicated job easy. Hiring the wrong one can be stressful and costly. Here are some things to consider before choosing one that best suits your needs.
1. What are you moving?
One way to simplify the moving process is by making a list of everything that you plan to move. This type of inventory will keep your focus on what you want to come with you and that which you can sell or give away.
2. Are the movers insured?
Never use a moving company without insurance or a license number. Also, check your homeowners or rental policy to see if you’re covered during a move. If you’re not, it’s not a bad idea to consider purchasing supplemental moving insurance.
3. What all do the movers offer?
Many people don’t realize that movers often do more than simply packing up their belongings and transporting them from one place to another. For example, many movers offer cleaning services or will break down computers and other technology and reinstall it in the new location. And others provide storage for furniture you aren’t bringing to your new location.
4. Are there reviews?
Make sure to check for reviews of any moving company that you may hire. A great place to start is to check their rating with the Better Business Bureau, while other sites such as Yelp will provide customer reviews.
5. Are they really local?
One issue with hiring a mover directly from the Internet is that you can’t always be certain that they’re from your community. What you may be hiring instead is a moving broker that simply collects a deposit and arranges for a moving company to handle the move. In other words, you have no control over who does the work, and you may be stuck with an inferior mover.
6. What do their rates include?
A company may give you an estimate that seems too good to be true – and it probably is. Check rates carefully. Are fuel charges extra? Will they give you a better rate depending on the season or time of the week?