Hiring a Good Moving Company
Hiring a good moving company cane be a daunting, not to mention expensive endeavour. But it doesn’t have to be all that difficult.
Firstly, you’ll need to determine how far you’re going to be moving your stuff. If travelling interstate, find a moving company that offers that service. If locally or between towns or neighbourhoods, try and find a moving company within your town.
Word of mouth is one of the best ways in which to find out if a moving company is competent or if they should be avoided. Ask friends, family, co-workers or possibly even your local real estate for recommendations.
If you haven’t had much luck with asking around, simply call a few from the phone book and ask the questions you need to know the answers to for your move.
Searching online is a great way to find moving companies, but browse cautiously as online scams are a very real and common threat. Look for an address, preferably in your area, and also a phone number so you can speak to them before you make a decision.
Avoid ‘moving brokers’, as they are usually exempt of the same consumer laws that protect you from being scammed or mistreated by moving companies.
If you’re searching online for a reputable moving company, check out some reviews of that company by others who have used their services.
Visiting the company website is also a great way to find out a moving company’s competence and track record, as well as other detailed information.
If you’re really concerned, ask for any documentation they can provide, as an extra precautionary step to avoid scam artists.
Check to see if the company employees and/or managers have been professional, clarified all your questions, and have also been polite during the course in which you’ve been communicating with them.
Don’t feel rude asking for an on-site estimate, especially once you have clarified that the company is legitimate. Contact the company and ask for an on-site estimate. The company should send out an employee to examine your belongings and estimate how much the move will cost. Also, enquire about any extra charges that may incur on top of your moving costs.
Another precautionary step is reimbursement for damaged or lost items. Make sure you’re aware of the laws and conditions associated with this.
Just because it’s a lower estimate, it does not mean it’s better. Be wary of extremely low estimates, as they are generally dishonest or ‘too good to be true’. Your items could end up damaged, misplaced or simply stolen, so do your research.