With so many moving companies out there, it can be difficult to figure out who you can trust. But there are a few things you can do to make sure your pick is reliable and high quality. Follow the simple steps outlined below to ensure that you find the best professionals to help with your move.
Ask for Recommendations:
A trusted referral means a lot more than any online review, so getting a couple of recommendations is a good place to start. If a friend, family member or neighbor has moved recently, ask them which moving company they used and whether or not they liked the service. You can also ask friends on social networks for their feedback.
Just because a first-person review is the best review, you shouldn’t ignore the wealth of information that can be found in online reviews. Sites like Google. Angie’s List, Yelp, and NextDoor have tons of feedback from movers like you that can help you differentiate a good moving company from a bad one. One of the most critical things you can look at is how each company addresses complaints – if the address them at all. If you see lots of people complaining about the same few issues, it’s probably a safe bet that the company has some pitfalls.
Check Their Qualifications:
The Better Business Bureau and the American Moving and Storage Association help you determine when a moving company offers quality services. Look for certification and any details about qualifications to determine when a moving company meets specific standards. Clarify the standards of any certification to ensure that it meets your specific preferences for quality service. Ideally, you want to make sure your moving company and all of its employees are fully licensed, bonded, and insured.
Ask for Estimates:
If you just need help loading and unloading, you can use an online moving quote tool or make a couple of phone calls to get a ballpark idea on pricing. But while you can get online estimates, an in-home estimate is going to give you the most accurate price for your move if you’re looking for a full-service solution.
During an in-home estimate, movers come to your home and look at your belongings to determine an appropriate price range. They will also ask for details regarding the distance of your move. Clarify all of the details to ensure that you fully understand their services and be sure to get your estimate in writing.
Pay Attention to Payment Standards:
As a general rule, you shouldn’t pay a large down-payment before the move. If you put any money down, you should have a small up-front payment and pay the remaining balance after moving to your new home. If the mover’s act in a suspicious way or demand the full payment before the move, then consider a different company. A trustworthy company will clarify the payment process in the estimate, including the percentage you pay before and after they complete the work.
Take your time and research your movers carefully to make sure you find a reputable company who will treat your belongings as if they were their own.
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