Avoid Hiring The Wrong Moving Company

by Alexander G Baxter

Hiring a moving company to relocate you?

This is a decision most of us have to make at least once in our lives. For some professionals, choosing a moving company is nearly a yearly ritual. Here are a few tips to keep you from choosing the wrong moving company.

Most people hire movers this day and age, especially when moving long distances. The cost of a move is expensive, but hiring the wrong moving company is WAY more expensive. The good news for most people is that if a company is relocating you, they generally pick up the bill. If you are the decision maker, the following tips will help you choose a reputable moving company.

Moving companies offer several great reasons to hire them – with different levels of service. From companies who will show up and move you and your belongings to companies who will pack, clean and move your belongings from place to place.

There are also more and more ‘complete’ package companies springing up, designed especially professionals – allowing them to move to their job, without the hassle of it all. These companies do it all – from finding a suitable house within your price range and requirements, to packing you and moving you in. Some even unpack at the other end for you.

Smart consumers will begin well in advance of the move in choosing a moving company. They will start their research online and look for reviews on Google, CitySearch and other consumer review websites. Angies List is also an excellent place to review moving companies as well as the BBB. You’ll also want to ask the people at the relocation company some very specific questions and get everything in writing.

You may also want to ask the company themselves for references, and information on when their cheapest and most expensive times are to move. You may find moving midweek to be far more cost effective, as weekends always carry a premium.

Most moving companies will send out a representative before they give you a firm moving quote. If you get a relocation quote over the phone…run! No moving company can give you an accurate quote over the phone or email. To make their jobs easier and guarantee you get the best price possible, make sure your home is clean and organized.

It’s also a great idea to take your own inventory. Horror stories abound about missing antique furniture and other valuable when the moving company van gets to your home. It’s wise to watch the moving company employees, no matter how reputable the moving company is.

Always ask to review their policy on breakdowns or delays. You never want to be sitting at your home waiting on the moving company. How many days late do they have to be before you can have your fee back? What if they’re a week late in showing up? These are the types of questions you need the answer for before hiring a moving company.

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