Picking the right moving company may be challenging work. Better Business Bureau receives approximately 13,000 complaints and negative reviews about movers every year in the United States.
According to the Better Business Bureau, most of them are founded on missing and damaged property and charging for non-labor hours, delayed arrival, and not respecting estimates.
Moving days are tense enough without having your property show up damaged or with a surprising invoice. To prevent that from happening, you’ll need to examine potential moving companies. It will only take a little from your free time but will save you a bunch of trouble.
So, if you are planning to move this year, hiring a moving company begins with understanding what to look for and what needs to be done beforehand.
In the end, you’re trusting ‘strangers’ with your most valuable things throughout one of the hardest experiences in life – moving.
That’s why it’s crucial to do your research and make sure to hire the right moving company for your needs. Read ahead to find out our eight tips to help you with it.
Moving day is very nerve-racking without scampering to find the right moving company at the last minute.
Begin with your research early so you have enough time to make comparisons between companies and estimates. As a general rule, if a moving company is free at the last moment, it’s most likely for a good reason.
Searching online or checking the yellow pages for moving companies can be discouraging. You should begin by asking family members, friends, or colleagues if they can suggest a moving company.
If you’re already working with a real estate agent, then you should ask them for a referral. In addition, you should check out the company’s online reviews.
Check To See If The Moving Company Is Licensed And Insured
The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issues a USDOT number to licensed national movers. If you’re moving across state lines, validate the moving company’s license through the FMCSA’s website and request the moving company’s USDOT number.
You might need it in case you have to file a suit against the moving company subsequently.
In addition, ask the company if they’re insured, most specifically if they carry commercial vehicle insurance. This is very important for companies that provide services that include regularly using a vehicle, and in case of collision or damage to your property, you will be fairly compensated.
Beware Of Red Flags
Watch out for any red flags throughout the estimate. For instance, most reliable moving companies won’t demand a deposit of cash before you move. If the moving company appears to be in a hurry to get the money upfront, it may not be a legitimate business.
Additionally, throughout the estimate, observe how professional (or unprofessional) the moving company seems. If they arrive late, feel uncertain of their abilities, or can’t answer all of your questions, search for another company.
And be careful of moving companies that rent their van. A professional and reliable company should always have its own vehicle.
Look For Experts In Whatever You Need To Move
You wouldn’t want just anybody carrying your precious items. If you possess any special items such as gym equipment, pianos, or billiard tables, look for a moving company with experts who know how to appropriately handle items.
Generally, moving companies put this kind of information on their websites, so check their website for any info related to moving specialty items.
Once you’ve assembled your pre-selected moving companies, it’s time to ask for estimates. As a principle, if a moving company won’t offer you an in-person estimate, you shouldn’t even consider hiring them at all.
Ideally, you should aim to get at least three on-site estimates before you commit. That way, you’ll have enough choices to consider when making your final decision.
Check Their Professional Accreditation
Trade organizations inspect companies before granting them a membership and approved seal. You should always aim to select a moving company that carries the American Moving and Storage Association’s ProMover logo. You can find out if a company is approved or not directly on the American Moving & Storage Association website.
Confirm The Company’s Address
Ask for the company’s business card or check their website and find out their specified address online. Then, ensure the moving company’s address is listed and registered under a company name. Be cautious of every address that’s registered under a residential name.
In the end, use your common sense when choosing a moving company. If they show up for an estimate with a dirty vehicle and unkempt clothes, then the company may not offer the quality service you and your precious things deserve. Regardless, our eight pro tips will help you to make the best selection.