5 Helpful Tips on How to Choose the Best Moving Company

5 Helpful Tips on How to Choose the Best Moving Company
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    Once you decide to move, you will have many important decisions to make.

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The first thing you should do is create a plan and keep a list of everything you need to do to make sure your move goes off as smoothly as possible. Will you hire a professional moving company or move yourself?

Cost Considerations

If you decide to move yourself, you will need to take a minimalist approach to moving by packing small and smart, using your car or a small van for transport, and making several trips to your new home. If you are not moving too far away, this approach might work for you.

However, if you are moving farther away or have a lot of personal belongings to move, it would make more sense to hire a mover to take as much of the stress out of your move as possible.

While you will want to consider price when moving because affordability is important, there are many other factors you should also consider before making a decision. It is important to take some time to do your research to ensure that you choose the best one for your needs among the many available options.

Recommendations vs Reviews

You can always do a Google search for moving companies, but this is not the most reliable place to start your moving company search. One of the best ways to determine the efficiency and effectiveness of a moving company is to see what others who have used their services have to say about them. You can start by asking family members, friends, and co-workers about their experiences using moving companies.

Also look for online reviews on Yelp and other sites by those who have used a company’s services. Read each one carefully. Don’t assume that a negative review means the company is not a good one. Some people might have either had an unusual experience or perhaps they are being unreasonable. Also, pay attention to how the company responds to any negative reviews as this can tell you a lot about how the business deals with their customers. In addition to looking at the star ratings, you should also see how many reviews a company has. If there are a lot of reviews and the positive ones outweigh the negative ones, you can probably assume the company is reputable.

Get Estimates

Consumer Reports recommends getting at least three written in-home estimates. Be wary of estimates that seem to be too low or companies that provide an estimate over the phone without sending someone to your house to see everything you want to have moved. An in-home estimate is necessary so that you can be provided with the most accurate estimate. In addition, question bids that come in too high to find out where the extra costs are coming from.

You also want to make sure there aren’t any hidden costs that will surprise you when it comes time to pay your bill. For instance, does the company charge extra for any tools or materials they use for your move? Do they charge more for having to use elevators or stairs? These questions should be asked before the estimate is provided.

Licensed and Insured?

Only hire a moving company that is licensed and insured and therefore, legally bound to protect your personal belongings and property. You want to make sure that everything you move from to your new home arrives in the same condition it was in when it left and that nothing is broken or lost. It is important that you trust the company you decide to hire and that you can have the peace of mind knowing your belongings will be treated carefully and arrive safely at their new destination.

The Company’s Experience

Although it is true that every company has to start somewhere, do you really want to be a moving company’s first customer? It is in your best interest to choose a company with enough experience and a proven track record of fair rates, safe and timely delivery of your belongings, and overall reliable services. Unless you have very reliable and glowing recommendations from people you know and trust, you should not hire a new moving company, but stick with one that has more experience and already proven their competency.

No matter where you are moving from and where you are moving to, there will be a large selection of companies to choose from. Make sure to do your research, look out for red flags, check out the online reviews, ask the right questions, and only hire the company that you feel comfortable with and have confidence in to make your moving experience as smooth as possible.

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