Moving to a new office, home or even just a few blocks away can be very exciting and stressful. Usually you need to coordinate everything, transfer all your utilities and find a trustworthy mover. There are many moving companies out there, but a mover wants to find a legitimate moving company to responsibly move your personal and important belongings.
Finding a reputable mover can take out the stress of moving and make the experience seamless and easy. While the majority of the movers are good companies, there are moving scams that occur frequently.
However, if you do your homework and become better informed of what to look for in a moving company, it can help you find the right company (and avoid scams).
Some tips to help:
- Look for A Moving Company That Has Experience Moving
When looking for a moving company, it’s important to know how long the company has been in business. While there are reputable newer companies, you want to make sure that the movers have experience moving and that they have a good reputation.
2, Get An In-Home Estimate
A mover needs to come to your home to give you a proper estimate. Never get an estimate over the phone. The moving company needs to inspect room to room, open up cabinets and give you a proper estimate based on exactly what needs moving. Moving prices are not only based on the mileage of where you are moving, but also the weight of all your belongings as well as how much room they take up in the moving truck.
- No Deposit Is Necessary
A reputable moving company will not ask for any sort of deposit before they move you. The better companies will have you pay them when the move is completed. If you pay ahead of time, you have no control that the moving company will carry through with the move. It’s best to use a credit card also so that if there is any fraud, you can challenge the costs.
4. Get references
It’s always a good idea to ask the moving company to give you a few references of people who are in your area that have been moved in the last few months. Give those customers a call and find out about their experience.
It’s even better if you ask your family and friends for recommendations or even a local realtor for some good, solid movers. The more reviews or recommendations from people who have actually used the moving company, the more informed you are of the reliability of the moving company.
5. Insurance and Valuation Protection
Make sure that your moving company has insurance. If the company doesn’t have a license number to prove that they are insured, it’s best to move on and look for another company.
Most moving companies have at least two types of insurance. One is called Basic Release Value Protection and is automatically included in the cost of the move, covering $.60 per pound per item for damaged or lost items.
Full Value Protection will vary according to the moving company, but it generally means that if the mover damages or loses any of your belongings, then the moving company is required to either replace the item or reimburse you for the cost of the item.
6. Read your contract from top to bottom
It’s really important to read your contract thoroughly and to be certain that all your belongings are properly inventoried.
While moving can be a very stressful event, a reputable company will make the move that much easier.
Have a budget in mind of what you want to spend, make sure to get quotes from at least three different companies and be as specific as you can about what you want moved. A good moving company will put you at ease from the start and get your belongings to your new home or office safely and in great condition.
Lisa Fimberg is a writer for Consumer’s Advocate.org, a site with a goal of making tough decisions easier.