Choosing the Right Moving Company
In addition to choosing the right packing supplies to keep your belongings protected, you should also take the time to choose the right moving company. After all, it’s the service provider that will ultimately be responsible for the safe transport of your possessions. When armed with the right knowledge, choosing the right movers is easier than you think.
Consider the services you require
A moving company may offer a wide variety of services, only a few of which you might need. Other companies may offer fewer services for a lower price, but they may be missing a service that you’re looking for. Before contacting a moving company, make sure they offer the right services for your situation. Consider whether you’d like their movers to pack your belongings and if they will help you unpack. Some moving companies may also offer to arrange large furniture items. Make sure you are very clear with what services you need and how the company’s services align with your needs.
Do a little research
After you’ve decided on the kinds of services you require, it’s time to do a little research. Visit the company’s website to learn more about their moving services, and read reviews from other customers about the level of service they provide. You should also check to make sure that the moving company you’re interested in is fully licensed and certified to provide you with service. Check with the California Public Utilities Commission by calling 800-877-886. You can also check out their website.
The Better Business Bureau is also a good place to look as they catalog all filed complaints about each business. They can also provide you with information on whether the complaint was addressed to the customer’s satisfaction, which is important when it comes to customer service.
Most people don’t want to talk about insurance, but when it comes to your movers, it’s extremely important to understand their policy. A moving company must file evidence of cargo insurance coverage of at least $20,000 per shipment. They should also have a liability policy. Independent contractor subhaulers also have their own special insurance requirements. With these policies in place, your belongings are fully covered should anything happen during transport. Taking a moment to talk about insurance will bring you greater peace of mind.
Cost is always a factor when it comes to hiring a mover. Almost everyone wants to control their costs when making a big move and no one wants to spend more than they need to on relocation service. You don’t want to cut corners either, though, otherwise you could end up with boxes full of broken items. Understanding the estimate you receive is key on accepting or adding value-added protection to your items.
Additionally, the service provider does not have to hold to a telephone or an internet estimate. These estimates are only used to get a very general idea of how much their services might cost. In order for an estimate to hold, it must be made in writing after inspecting the items to be moved.
When you agree to a written estimate, make sure that you receive and understand the company’s moving service agreement. It is also important to discuss possible charges if you exceed the services agreed to in your written estimate.
No matter which company you choose, make sure that you have copies of all the documents that you sign prior to your move. You may also want to take pictures of your most valuable possessions just in case you have to file damages with the company.
Don’t be afraid to ask a lot of questions! The moving company will be transporting all of your belongings, so it is important that they take the time to make sure you’re comfortable with the services they are about to provide.