Moving season will soon be upon us and if you are about to turn all your worldly possessions over to a moving company, relieve some of the stress by choosing a reputable firm. Making a poor choice can have serious consequences - both emotionally and financially.
Ask for recommendations
Consult with friends, family, colleagues and realtors for first-hand experiences.
Do your research
Be certain that your prospective mover has a physical presence and actually owns a truck since online move brokers are prevalent.
Ratings, complaint history and reviews are readily available through the Better Business Bureau. Additional information can be found using a Google search.
Obtain at least three quotes
Try to compare apples to apples and keep in mind that the lowest quote may not always be the best choice.
Request an in-home survey
A visual inspection of your home and furnishings is normally required to provide an accurate quote.
Be sure to clarify anything you don't understand. If the moving company can't or won't answer your queries, it may be best to look elsewhere.
Protect your home and possessions
Expect there may be damage and be certain you understand the mover's responsibilities. Ensure you have replacement coverage, which is typically available at an additional cost.
Get it in writing
All pricing details, dates and verbal promises should be followed up in writing.
Consider professional packing services
If you pack small items yourself, they will not be insured for breakage. You may want to have the mover pack your fragile or prized possessions at the very least.
Avoid peak season
If you have flexibility, avoid peak moving season, particularly the end of June, July and August. When demand for services increases during summer months, moving costs and use of temporary labour also increase.