How to Choose a Professional Mover
Making plans for a move? You shouldn’t just look for a mover but a mover that can be trusted. After all, these people are going to handle your valued possessions. A little homework can save you headaches later on.
Know it the mover has a license and insurance.
If your new address is still in the same state, ask for proof of the mover’s state license and insurance. If the move is out of state, ask for their unique license number and verify it by checking with the U.S. Department of Transportation (you can do this on their website). Using the same site, you be able to check as well whether the mover’s insurance is up to date.
Read online reviews.
One way to trim down your list of prospects is reading online reviews on trusted consumer websites like Yelp and Angie’s List (not marketing websites which are misleading). When looking at star ratings, check how many reviews that company has. For every mover, there will be good as well as bad feedback from customers, but look at the prevailing opinion. Certainly, the Better Business Bureau can help by showing which movers have or have had major issues with consumers.
Ask for an in-house estimate.
While a phone estimate is always convenient, it is usually unsafe. There should be an actual human being looking at your stuff before a valid cost assessment can be made. Even if you tell them how many bedrooms you have, that won’t show how tightly or loosely packed each one is. If they want to give you an estimate without actually coming over, be careful. This is not a practice of quality movers.
Don’t be too concerned about the price.
After talking to a number of movers, you will find that prices can actually vary a lot. In the world of moving services, you will get what you pay for in most instances. Definitely, your mover must have all the necessary materials and equipment, and more importantly, the expertise needed to produce good results. Upon knowing that a mover is beyond your budget, don’t rule them out right away. Negotiation is always a possibility.
In the end, you’ll want to compare at least two or three movers so you can determine which one is best for your needs and your budget. One company may say they’re affordable, but how can be sure if you don’t know the prices with other movers? It’s always best to have options. Do your research, assess them side by side, and decide which one is perfect for you.