How to Find Reliable Mover
Over 42 million people move in the U.S. every year. Thatís an
amazing 1 in 4 adults. A person will make over 7 moves in their
lifetime. Studies have shown that moving ranks as the third most
stressful time in life. Even though we may be excited about the
move, there can be mixed emotions about leaving behind a familiar
neighborhood, close friends and fond memories. On top of all this we
donít want to have the added stress of wondering if the moving
company is going to handle our possessions with care.
Finding the right moving company can make the whole process a lot
easier, but it may not be as easy as it sounds. Itís not just a
matter of picking up the phone book and searching under ďmoving
companiesĒ. For starters, there are several types of moving
companies. Some may specialize in local moves while others will
transport your belongings across the nation or even to another
country. So what you have to move and where youíre planning to move
it will have a lot to do in choosing a moving company.
A moving company can offer you a wide range of services on top of
simply moving your furniture and other belongings. They can provide
you with packing boxes and other materials, help you with the
packing, provide temporary or long term storage if needed, and even
unpack everything for you once your belongings arrive at their new
home. Of course these services will cost extra but itís nice to know
theyíre available if you need them.
Pricing can vary greatly from one moving company to another,
providing you with very different estimates for the exact same move.
You may hesitate to go with the lowest bid, worried about the
quality of the service and safety of your possessions.
Where to Look for Reputable Mover
Start by simply asking people you know. Almost everyone has moved at
least once in their lifetime, so ask your family, friends or
co-workers if they can recommend a good moving company. Talk
to the real estate agent that helped with the sale or purchase of
your home. A realtor can usually give you some good recommendations
based on the experience of their other clients. If you're planning a
local move, look for moving vehicles that are working in your city.
If you repeatedly see the trucks and vans of a specific moving
company, you have to know thereís a reason why theyíre so busy.
Do a search on the computer. A lot of moving companies maintain a
website listing their services, how long theyíve been in business,
the areas they cover as well as an online estimator page to help you
get an initial idea of how much the move will cost you. You can find
their contact information including an email address incase you have
any questions you want to ask before talking with them further. You
can also use the internet to do some initial background checking on
any moving company.
Getting a Quote from a Moving Company
Once you have your list of moving companies in hand, contact the
Better Business Bureau to find out if any of the companies have had
any complaints filed against them. Considering the volume of
business a moving company handles itís not unusual for a company to
have a few complaints, but the important thing is to find out
exactly what the complaints were and if they were taken care of to
the customerís satisfaction.
Before you start talking with any moving company, you should make a
list of how many rooms to be moved, if you have any unusually large,
bulky or odd shaped items and donít forget about the garage, and
patio furniture. Itís not necessary to be exact but it will help
give the moving company some idea of what youíll need.
Making Your Choice
You may find that comparing quotes can be a bit confusing. The
prices can vary greatly as well as the services offered and the
methods used in pricing. One moving company may charge an
hourly rate, another may estimate the volume based on the number of
rooms you need to move and still others by the estimated weight per
It's important that you get all your moving company quotes in
writing and to make sure that you completely understand how they are
calculated. Make sure you read all the fine print. You need to know
what your options are should there be any damages. If you pack your
belongings yourself and something is broken, some companies wonít
pay for it unless it was due directly to their mishandling.
Once you have some information on each moving company and compare
the bids they have given you, you can then narrow your choice down
the one moving company that you feel will do the best job.
Itís true that moving can be an emotional and stressful time. The
last thing that anyone wants to worry about is careless movers or
lost or damaged belongings. Whether youíre moving down the block or
across the country, you need to find a reliable moving company that
you know you can trust.
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