Choosing a professional mover is no light task. The point of even hiring movers is so that they take the stress of moving all of your belongings away, or at least a majority of the stress. Going with the right moving company can be all the difference between calm and chaos. But how can you make the right decision?
If you hire the wrong movers you could experience a loss of your belongings, or expensive and unfair hidden fees and extra costs, or even worse, you could end up with broken furniture and valuables.
Today, we are going to let you know what you need to look for in order to select the right professional movers to help you with your move.
Tip #1: Start your search with recommendations
A referral from a friend or family member is a great way to start looking for the right movers for you. After all, our loved ones want what’s best for us. They can also let us know what companies to avoid if they’ve had any particularly unsavoury experiences. You can start with these recommendations to build out a list of potential moving companies to vet. You can even ask your real estate agent, if you have one, who they would recommend.
Tip #2: Always check online
Searching through the Internet is another great way to see what’s out there. Online is where you can find reviews and testimonials about each moving company from real people. Use this information to your advantage and steer clear of any companies that are not rated well or who have reviews that seem robotic or faked.
Tip #3: Manage your time right!
Time management is a critical factor when it comes to moving. You should try and finish your moving checklist ahead of schedule, so you can have some extra time in case problems arise. The earlier you book and plan your moving schedule, the less stress you will have come moving day.
Tip #4: Determine the types of services that you need
Take some time to think about the types of services you will need in order to move your belongings. Will you need a hoister to help move your grand piano to the ground floor? Or maybe you need help with packing? Either way, once you define exactly what you need this will help you look for professional movers who will meet your specific requirements. You should also aim to hire movers pretty much as soon as you know your move in date. Even if it is months in advance, it’s better to book now with your preferred moving company rather than run the risk of them not being available when the time comes.
Tip #5: Always get more than one moving company estimate
Many professional moving companies will provide potential clients with a free moving quote. This is where they will take a look at or take note of the things you need to move, where it needs to go, and calculate the costs from there. Some companies work with non-binding move estimates which means you will be charged based on the moving services and products provided and the weight of your belongings once they are on the moving truck. With a binding estimate, this guarantees the final moving costs up front. With this type of estimate, the estimator will come to your house and tour each room including the garage, attic and basement. With a binding moving estimate you will pay the quote given to you at the beginning, even if your things weigh more than was estimated. The advantage with this approach is that there are no surprise fees. You’ll know how much you owe from the beginning.
Tip #6: Be on the lookout for red flags
During your estimate you can watch your potential moving company for any red flags that might crop up. Most professional and reputable moving companies will not ask you for a cash deposit before your big move. If your mover is pressuring you to give them some money upfront, or even pay the whole thing upfront, then this might be a sign that it is not a legitimate business. In addition, during the estimate keep an eye out for how the movers behave. If they are late, act unprofessional, treat you rudely or can’t answer your questions, then it’s best to look for a different company. Also be suspicious of movers who show up using a rented truck or van. Professional moving companies will have their own equipment.
Tip #7: Check the mover’s license and insurance
Always ask for proof of licenses and insurance from your potential movers. If you are moving out of the country, make sure that they are licensed to conduct that type of move. You will need this information in order to file any claims later should anything go awry.
Tip #8: Ask about any professional accreditations
Some professional moving companies will belong to trade associations which vet the companies before allowing them a membership or giving them a seal of approval. You can look at the Canadian Association of Movers for any accredited professional movers in your area.
Tip #9: Confirm their business address
If the moving company has a business card or website, pull up their address and make sure the address is listed and registered under the moving company’s business name. Be cautious if the address is listed under a residential name.
Karthik Talwar is a content writer for BreezeMaxWeb that helps businesses showcase their brand through enticing copy. When he is not working, he enjoys exploring new places and trying new foods.