Moving is often a very stressful and expensive experience. If you are not careful then the experience can become quite nightmarish. Therefore, you must do your best to find a moving company that is trustworthy. After all, you will be placing everything that you own into their hands and you will want to feel as safe as possible. Though it makes sense to handle the moving on your own, there are times when you will have to use a moving company to handle things for you.
If you do decide to use a moving company then here are some useful tips to help you deal with the most reputable ones. To start with, you need to step away from your personal computer. Some people do not find it easy to get away from their computers because it is so convenient to look for a moving company online. However, these web-based companies may not always be reliable and honest.
It makes more sense to use your phone book to find the address of a reputable company. Alternately, you can also find a company by requesting a real estate agent to suggest one to you. Real estate agents can suggest the names of up to three different firms that have an office in your area. It makes sense to deal with a firm that has been in business for at least a decade. Do not make the mistake of hiring a moving broker. This is because existing consumer protection laws only deal with Motor Carriers and they do not cover Household goods brokers.
Set up an appointment with a few companies. Ask them to visit your house to do an in-house estimate so that you can get an idea about which company is the most reasonable. If a firm refuses to come to your home to do an in-house estimate, then look for one that does.
Before hiring a moving company, ask them upfront whether they do the moving themselves, or if they sub-contract the work. Do not deal with firms that sub-contract the work to someone else. It also pays to visit the offices of the firm. Find out wherever the firm is who they say they are. Inspect their trucks as well as storage facilities and make sure that each truck is permanently marked with the name of the company. Finally, you must also make sure that the commercial company has the license authority to perform your move legally.