Whether you are moving across town or across the country, finding a quality moving company can be a headache in itself. With so many moving companies to choose from, how do you know you are getting the best quality for the best price? Some companies will charge a flat rate for their services while others will charge a moving fee plus mileage and some will even charge a flat rate plus mileage plus labor hours for their services. My goal is to help you make an informed decision as to which moving company to hire and trust that your belongings will arrive to your new home safely.
Do Your Homework
Being that there is such a wide variety of movers, you will want to go online and do some research before dialing the first number you come across. Just like anything else, people will be leaving reviews on the services they liked the best or even movers that they were not so happy with. Many companies will have review sections on their websites so that you can look and see what other customers have to say about a particular company.
Pricing may just be the most important factor in choosing a moving company. Most local movers will charge a flat rate plus mileage for using their trucks. If you are planning on a long distance move, a little bit more research is required to find long distance movers. Long distance movers typically charge a flat moving rate as well as mileage and labor. Some companies will even have the option of allowing you to borrow their vehicles and letting you do the heavy lifting yourself. While most people do not enjoy loading and unloading the truck themselves, this is a great way if you are looking to save a few bucks on your next move.
Is Your Moving Company Insured?
Most companies will have insurance to protect against damage of your property. Let’s face it, accidents do happen and sometimes your fragile belongings will get dropped or fall inside the truck while driving. If the company you are interested in does not have any information about insurance on their website do not be afraid to call them directly and ask what kind of damage protection they provide. Remember: if a company does not provide any insurance they may not be an established company. You may get a better deal by going with an uninsured mover but you may pay the price with damaged belongings.
Whether you are looking for a local mover or a company that provides long distance moves, do not go with the first company you see. Ask your friends or family members that have recently moved which company they chose and why. Every company is a little bit different and has different packages to choose from.