Moving out can be quite a hassle and generally takes a lot of time and effort. Usually, people are very careful when packing, arranging and organizing their possessions but they are not very careful when it comes to the most important aspect of moving: choosing the best moving services. Though everyone who moves wants their possessions to be handled by the best moving companies available at an affordable cost, they lack the general idea of how to find one.
Also, the defining factors of the best moving companies also differ mildly from individuals to individuals. Some are looking for affordable movers who fit in their budget while others might be in search of commercial movers and a little extra expense doesn’t matter to them.
However, there are certain common parameters that you can look for to define the best moving companies. Quality moving services, reasonable prices, reputation, and consumer grievance handling are a few of these parameters. Some might be looking for local movers that operate only in select area.
Here are a few steps you can take to pick the best moving service according to your choice.
References and the Internet
Most people you know have moved at least once in their lives. Ask for their opinions as well as their experience with the professional movers. This can be a good way of coming up with some reputed and good moving companies. Most moving companies have an online website where you can run a background check, look at their service history, and their area of operation as well as a few rough moving rate estimates. Look for their security, licensing and insurance information. If you hear a company mentioned a lot on good terms, means it is a trusted company and one of the best ones out there.
Get a quote and moving estimation.
After making the list of preferred moving companies, get a few quotes. Some companies charge on an hourly rate basis, some others by estimated volume based on the rooms, and some by estimating what types of furniture and goods need to be moved. However, most movers give moving quotes by the estimated weight of load to be moved. A trustworthy moving company will never deny sending estimators to clients’ homes to put together a quote. The moving estimates should include the information about insurance coverageand/or any additional or hidden charges.
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It is important to get a moving quote in writing. The company representatives should explain the moving quote and also give a full copy including any relevant terms and conditions, etc. to the client. Anyone not fulfilling these conditions is probably not reliable and certainly not the best service available.
Moving rates vs. Services provided
Compare the moving quotes of different movers versus the services provided. Most of the time cheap moving companies are not the best moving companies. Adopt different means, like avoiding the end of month, Fridays and weekends, for moving to make it more affordable instead of going for cheap moving companies. On these days, movers are busy and will charge higher moving rates due to work overload. Instead, choose working days or Mondays and you might even get a discount due to sloth periods. Don’t forget that if a deal is too good to be true, it probably is.
Choose the best moving company according to your needs.
After finalizing the movers on basis of reputation, estimates and services, ask some crucial questions before signing the agreements about their experience, even for customer referrals, number of people assigned to your move, company’s insurance cover and claims protection, as well as its extension.
DO NOT hire a moving company without adequate insurance. Ask about the their system of weighing loads and whether you will be allowed to be present when weighing is done. Any client has the right to be present when their goods are weighed to check the accuracy of the process and can ask for weighing again if not sure.
You should avoid hiring a moving company if any of the following situations arise:
1. The mover doesn’t offer or agree to an on-site inspection of your household goods and gives an estimate over the phone or Internet.
2. They demand cash or a large deposit before the move.
3. The mover doesn’t provide you with a copy of “Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move”, a booklet which movers are required by Federal regulations to supply to their customers in the planning stages of interstate moves.
4. The company’s website has no local address and no information about licensing or insurance.
5. When you call the mover, the telephone is answered with a generic “Movers” or “Moving company,” rather than the company’s name.
6. Offices and/or warehouse are in poor condition or nonexistent.
7. On moving day, a rental truck arrives rather than a company-owned and marked fleet truck.