Sometimes it’s really an advantage to be picky especially in hiring the right people for the job. There are a lot of moving companies available but it’s best to scrutinize. You can get the best deal and even avoid unwanted scams.
Here are some useful tips to keep in mind when hiring movers:
Ask for recommendations. Ask friends, co-workers or local real estate agents who hey would recommend. You could also check online reviews of previous clients’ experiences. Companies with big names are not necessarily the best. You could check local movers around your area and visit their office in person.
Do a background check. If you have a list of prospect movers, do some deeper research on the legitimacy of their company. You can check Better Business Bureau’s website or contact the American Moving and Storage Association. For additional research, you can check movingscam.com which has a blacklist of companies that you should stay away from.
Have different estimates from 3 companies. It’s advisable to have estimates from 3 companies to be able to make a comparison. You can have choices when it comes choosing the right price that could fit your budget. Make sure though to have those companies do an in-house estimate. Don’t accept any estimates over the phone for they should check your whole house before coming up with the total sum.
Get a hard copy of estimates. Ask for a hard copy of the estimate and place it in a folder. You can show the movers that you’re doing your homework and even offer you a competitive rate.
Ask the right questions. Always ask if there are any additional expenses that you should be aware of. Sometimes movers would charge you for extra costs for moving items down the stairs and other circumstances. Also, you can ask more information about the company such as their experience in the industry.
Check if the company has insurance. You can go to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) website and use the moving company’s license number to check their insurance. This is important if you want to take care of your valuable items during the move.