When Hiring Moving Companies – What to Do

14 September 2012 by

According to psychological experts, moving to a new home is one of the most stressful things that one can experience. It is natural to be worried about your valuable possessions and their safe transport to your new home. Fortunately, moving companies are available to help you with your moving, which will lessen your stress.

While hiring a reputable moving company can be quite challenging because of the different options available, it is essential to be cautious when choosing the right one because after all, the success and safety of your moving depends on the moving company that you are going to hire.

Determine the things that you are going to move

Keep in mind that moving companies have specializations so it is essential to determine in advance whether you are just moving a couple of cabinets and some furniture or the moving includes your whole life. Consider whether you are going to move everything in your home or just a few valuable items and check the expensive and fragile items that require special attention. While most companies can deal with anything, they have to know beforehand the things that you need to move so that they can ensure the right equipment, staff and packing materials required for the job.

Do a thorough research

It is recommended to look into at least five companies. Most of these companies have their official websites where you can find their history, the destinations they cover and the rates they charge. There are also many online moving directories that can provide information on local movers. Once you have researched on their background information, you can now make a list of your potential moving companies. Make sure to include their contact details such as e-mail address and phone number.

Ask for recommendations

You will always know people (relatives, friends or co-workers) who have moved to a new house so make sure to ask them about their experience in hiring a company. Some may have positive evaluation about a company while others may have the opposite. It is essential to know both sides in order to have a better choice.

Ask questions

Before making an appointment, it is important to perform an interview of each of the companies through telephone. Ask about how long they have been in the industry or what type of clients they have had, the services and facilities they provide, the expected time of delivery and others. In addition, ask for their licenses. To ensure that you are going to work with a reputable company, it is recommended to check with the Better Business Bureau.

Another important question to ask is the transportation cost – choose the company with the rate that is within your budget. However, a company that offers a cheaper service doesn’t mean that you have to compromise the service offered just to save more money.

Determine if their service provides insurance protection

No matter how reputable the moving company is, accidents can happen and this may result to damage to your possessions. Generally, basic insurance is included in the rate and this will just provide you a small amount so it is recommended to choose one with higher levels of insurance coverage.

While there are a lot of moving companies to choose from, remember that not all can be trusted. Make sure to be cautious, be aggressive and know your rights as a customer. Carefully read and understand everything before signing up for something.

The article was provided by Andy Peterson, a guest blogger who blogs about movers and storage units.

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