Life is full of stress, and the three major stresses are: Your wedding night, birth of a new child and moving day. Yes, moving day is definitely a part of what most individuals hate doing in their lifetime. Why deal with lifting furniture, breaking your back, possible accidents while driving the big trucks, and the list can go on and on. However, if you do decide to select a mover, what are the potential pitfalls in hiring a mover? The list goes on and on. The biggest fear about hiring a mover is getting scammed. There are so many ways to scam customers and rogue moving companies have used them all. So how to protect yourself? Look into reviews about every mover operating in North America.
Finding the best mover
1. Get more then one quote.- preferably at least 3. Having more then one quote will allow you to familiarize yourself on how each mover charges for their service. Its crucial to have an idea so you can make a comparison based on other existing service provider providing you with the same type of work, based on the same inventory you have to move. Comparing apples with apples is definitely a must. Also, having more then one quote can help you find out what mover is honest or not. If most quotes ranges in the 3000 dollars and one quote is $ 600, you are certainly sure that the $ 600 dollars mover is a potential scam from happening. Be wise. Do not be fooled by low cost movers.
2. Ask to get their licensing information, such as USDOT number, phone number, emails and websites. Also, you can check at the Department of Assessment and Taxation when the company has been registered or incorporated. If no trace of that mover is available, one advice to you is to stay away.
3. Make sure that all the information you provide on their website is accurate. Obviously, it is not uncommon for customers to give just a little amount of information about their asset inventory to hopefully get a cheaper quote. Remember, at the day of the move, if the company sees a piano that needs to be relocated and was not mentioned on the inventory list, they might charge you an arm and a leg to move it. Be honest with the moving company when providing your list of assets. The only thing you are hurting financially is yourself. Some customers might want an onsite estimate which should also be available by the company. It is up to you, the customer, to what you desire prior to the move.
4. Do the local mover offer the best when it comes to being honest and professional? The key is doing the research and talking to others about what moving company they chose in the past. References and online recommendation are critical but you need to check the consistency in terms of reviews. If on one moving review site, the mover of your choice has 5 stars rating but all other sites are 1 star to no rating at all, I would start wondering if the 5 stars reviews are fake or written by the mover themselves. Better Business Bureau is a great indicator to the quality of work offered by the mover. I would recommend that. The key is to ask lots of questions.
5. Get the right service you need based on your request. Do you need packing service with your move? Do you need just a truck driver? Are you interested in the DIY type of move? All this is up to you. See the list of services offered by your mover and then make a decision. Packing services and materials is very expensive, so doing that yourself can help you save tons of dollars. If you do the loading and unloading, you can save a lot of money. So more you do yourself, less you pay. Some mover offers “A la Carte” service. These are the best companies to work with. They are flexible with your demand and usually provide you with key information to help you move efficiently.
6. Looking for a full service mover? Obviously, that option comes with a heavy price tag, especially moving long distance. If you are not price sensitive, then this option is great because you do not need to worry about issues with truck, or having to pack, or your friends or family not showing up on the day of the move to help you out. A full service mover will guide you from beginning to the end to make sure all goes smoothly. Of course, we are talking about HONEST FULL SERVICE MOVERS. Keep that in mind.
7. Full service movers are convenient because they take care of everything, including packing, loading, cleaning your property after they are done moving everything out ..
8. How is the moving company responding to your questions? Some rogues movers have the attitude of less information is best. So when issues do arise on the day of the move, they can say: You never asked about that service. Always make sure to ask lots of question and make sure that all the answers that theyave you are written on the estimate. Never be satisfied with verbal communication because they can deny everything after the fact. Get everything in writing.
9. Ask for Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move booklet. Protectyourmove.gov is the place to get the booklet. You will get more valuable information regarding what you need to know prior to moving. All residential furniture movers are obligated to provide their customers with it.