Moving is no simple task. Whether you’re looking for local movers or long-distance movers, you need to think about a lot of things before hiring one. Keep these tips in mind as you look for movers.
- Research local companies
Before booking the first moving company that pops up on your screen, take some time to research local companies in your area. There are expensive companies and cheap ones, but it’s best to get the most bang for your buck (not literally, unless money is not an issue). Do not select a move based on price alone! These lowball prices may have hidden fees in order to make a profit off of unsuspecting customers who do not read the fine print. Make sure you know what the total price of your move will be so you can work within your budget.
- Consider hiring a company that isn’t necessarily in search results
There are many reputable moving companies that don’t have a big advertising presence, and this is actually to their advantage since they are cheaper due to low overhead costs. Allow friends and family members to give you recommendations on movers they have used in the past, or browse reviews on moving company websites to help narrow down which one sounds the most promising. As always, check if it is licensed and insured before you hire.
- Talk with several companies before making a decision
After narrowing down about three options for moving companies, arrange for quotes from each of them by email or phone (if they don’t deliver their quotes in person). Ask about packing supplies, additional fees and mileage rates if they are not uniform, and whether or not the company uses subcontractors. By simply asking a few questions you can reveal loads of information about the moving service without even setting foot in their truck.
- Beware of hidden costs
All movers will require a deposit before they begin to pack your items, but it is best to pay this fee before any work is performed since some companies will try to charge more when they see how much stuff you have that needs packing (they get paid by weight after all). A guaranteed flat-rate for delivery is best since it eliminates the element of surprise at the end of move (however be sure to read the small print).
- When talking to a moving company ask if they are partnered with any particular insurance providers, that way you know exactly where you stand if something goes wrong. A lot of good companies will be happy to provide proof of their credentials and will be sure to give you everything you need so there are no surprises down the line.
- Try to avoid using a moving company that requests payment in cash since this means they are not running an above board business (the majority of companies prefer bank transfers or credit cards). If they do allow cash payments then it is probably for a good reason so steer clear and look elsewhere!