Finding the right household mover isn't that simple unless you get lucky and happen to strike gold with the first company that you call. In the more likely scenario, you should do a bit of research beforehand and know what to look for in finding a household mover that is right for you and your own particular needs. The following tips will help you out:
Do Your Research
Finding the right household mover starts with engaging in the right research. With the internet, it's never been easier to find a reputable company that can offer you the services that you require. Do a quick Google search for local household movers within your area and read up on as many reviews on them as possible. Visiting a site such as the Better Business Bureau at www.bbb.org can help. If you notice mostly positive reviews, but a few glaring negative ones, check to see if the company has responded to them.
Also, be sure to check to see if they have a website. Pretty much every moving company will these days, and if they don't, you probably shouldn't go with them. Check out their website and see if they seem credible or not.
E-mailing them is not enough. You also need to speak to them over the phone. Prepare a list of questions that you may have about their services. Be completely honest with them with your demands. Make sure to ask them questions about their payment policy (such as if they require a deposit, accept credit cards, accept cash only, etc...), what guarantee they offer, and what their delivery times are.
Obtain Multiple Quotes
Get multiple quotes from different companies. Try to get at least five. You shouldn't necessarily go with the cheapest offer, as that doesn't always translate into the best quality. Instead, compare all of them and see which household mover offers you the best deal for what you get in return. This goes back to doing your own research. If you get a cheap quote and the company has a lot of bad reviews, don't go with them. Elect to pay a bit higher. After all, it's your personal items that are being moved, and you don't want to take a chance.
Many times, if you ask a company to match another quote, they will work with you on the price. They won't usually match it exactly, but they'll meet you at a middle ground.
Ask For Their DOT Number
Not every household mover will have it, but you should ask to see if they have a Department of Transportation number. It is an added level of security, as it means that they are officially registered with the Department of Transportation. Visit http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/protect-your-move, which is the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's website, for more information on finding a legitimate moving company.
Finding the right household mover can be easy if you know what you're doing. Don't settle for the first company that you spot. With some careful research and making your needs known, you will find the right company in no time!
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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