When it comes to moving to a new home, even if you're moving to a retirement community, you could try and arrange it all among your friends or hire professional movers to avoid causing yourself tremendous stress. We think some services don't need a professional, but as is the dining table in an amateur carpenter's kitchen, that thinking is skewed.
A professional moving company can help with a number of the most challenging aspects of your move. Moreover, because they know what they are doing, there is far less risk of your stuff getting damaged or lost in the move. So how do you choose a reliable moving company? What should you look out for?
This one is a bit trickier than you may think. Depending on your career, you may deal directly with clients occasionally. You will know that the customer is, indeed, not always right if you do.
There are cases where people are impossible to please and looking for a reason to find fault with a service.
We mention this because when you search online for a moving company, you will not find one that has no negative user reviews, not unless they are relatively new.
The best way to judge whether a company is good is to look at the average ratings on various consumer service websites and social media.
The Scale Of Your Move
Some moving companies specialize in large, long-distance hauls. Such companies generally use large trucks and several movers to help the client in the move.
If you are moving out of your first apartment after college with nothing but a couch, many heavy boxes, and a microwave to your name, large-scale moving companies will be overkill. So instead, you would rather use a smaller, local moving company.
When you first speak to a moving company about the quote, ask them about the type of vehicles they use to haul moves and how many movers they assign, which brings us neatly to our next point:
Get A Detailed Quote
Before you consider a particular moving company over another, you need to have as many quotes in hand as possible to determine the costs of a moving service. There are a couple of logical reasons that this is critically important. First, to compare pricing in detail.
One company might charge slightly less per mile but make up for it with a higher charge for multiple moving vehicles. In addition, different moving companies have different rates for labor. Some charge for time spent unpacking. Others factor all these expenses into a single cost.
It can become very confusing very fast. Take your time to ensure that you have sussed out any hidden costs and exactly how each company came up with its quote.
Once you are sure you have the quote that offers the best value (not the same thing as the cheapest service out there), you should speak to a company representative to confirm that your understanding of the cost breakdown is accurate.
Weighing in these critical factors will lead you to the most suitable moving company.