Common Mistakes To Avoid Before Hiring A Mover
When you are getting ready to relocate, choosing a good moving company is one of the most important elements of the planning process. You need to be sure that you can trust the chosen company to deliver reliable moving services that will ensure that your belongings arrive safely and on time.
To make sure that you pick such a company, here are some common mistakes you should avoid:
Getting a quote from only one company
Just like it is with anything else in life, shopping around is always a good idea. This is important because it ensures you are getting a reasonable price without compromising on the quality of services offered.
Going for the company with the lowest quote
If a company stands out by offering services that are too cheap, this should be taken as a red flag.
Do more research before getting into any deal with them because there will usually be a reason for their low prices. For some it is poor quality of services while others are scams.
Overlooking the registration requirement
A good number of people who end up victims in moving scams could have avoided them had they asked for registration. The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) provides an easy way to check if a company is registered and although this will only take a few minutes, it could save you thousands. Ask for the mover’s DOT number and check it here.
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Not getting an in-house quote
Although it’s a good idea to get a quote for the move online or over the phone, those quotes are for comparing the different companies and their moving services. Once you have narrowed down to one or two, have them come to your house and check the things that will be moved before giving a more accurate quote.
Overlooking the insurance requirement
As much as hoping that everything will go smoothly is a good way to look at things, it’s also smart to prepare for the worst. This means you have to make sure that you are covered should the worst happen. Even though it is mandatory for the moving company to have an insurance cover, it’s a good idea to ask them about how they will handle the settlement should it be necessary.
Signing the contract before reading it
When you sign the contract, you agree to everything written on it. Take time to read it carefully so you understand what you are getting into. No matter what the representative says on the phone, if it is not on the contract, you cannot claim it. It is therefore important that you ensure that everything is included and clear on the contract before you sign. Also take time to use the inventory list to confirm that everything has arrived undamaged once you get to your new home. This should be done before signing.
Don’t be a victim of one of these mistakes. Keeping an eye out for them will ensure that you get moving services that will not give you trouble.
Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
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