Finding The Right Mover For You
Having spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on your new home, hiring a mover might seem like an afterthought. However, it is a very critical decision that can significantly affect your transition into the new home. That is why you need to be sure that you find the right mover.
Here are some pointers to make sure that you get the right one whether you are making a long distance move to a different country or a shorter move across the city.
If you do not have enough time to look for a good moving company, you will end up settling for whatever is available.
This will sometimes mean getting the services from a company that may not be the best option for your particular move.
Get a referral
Ask your friends or family members about their past moving experiences. They should tell you which companies to go to and which to avoid based on their experiences. Also find out what other past customers have had to say about the company’s services. Websites like Yelp or the Better Business Bureau will help you on this.
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Check for registration and licensing
Use the Department of Transportation’s website to check if the company is registered to offer moving services. Long distance moving companies are required by law to be registered. Ask for their US DOT number and use it to check on the DOT website.
Talk to a number of moving companies
Don’t make the common mistake of only contacting one moving company. Even if your friends say that they had a good experience with them, it is always good to get a quote from two or three moving companies. This widens your options scope and helps you pick the one that works best for you.
Ask about their cargo insurance
When talking to your mover about cargo insurance, you should look out for two things. First, you need to find out if they have insurance. Movers are required to have insurance so unless you are dealing with one of those fly-by-night moving companies, this should not be a problem. The next thing you need to look out for is transparency in their settlement process. Ask them how they handle their insurance claims and roughly how long it will take before you are paid.
Make sure you get an in-home estimate
Online quotes are not the best way to work out your moving budget. They are not really accurate because they use typical scenarios to estimate how much you’ll need to pay. It is important to ask that the company sends someone to come and look at the items you need to ship so that they can give you an accurate quote for the services.
Although there are many moving companies that offer local and long distance moves, finding a good one does not have to be difficult. Follow the tips given above and you will soon be on your way to having a flawless move.