It can be daunting to hire a moving company. After all, you probably don’t move often enough to have a favorite mover like you have a favorite coffee shop. When you hire a professional mover, you are spending a significant amount of money and entrusting them to move your most treasured personal items. It makes sense to interview several companies, and ask them a few important questions.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE COMPANY BASICS?
How long has the company been in business? Does the company carry the required liability insurance, and are they in compliance with all local laws and ordinances? Finding out these basics will give you a good idea of how established the business is, and whether they take the time and effort to be in compliance with local laws.
HOW MUCH WILL THIS COST?
The cost of moving may vary from company to company, and to get the best quote, you’ll need some specific information. Be prepared to tell the company where you are and where you’re moving; include information on any issues that may exist with parking, access — anything that could affect a smooth moving process.
WHAT IS THE COMPANY REPUTATION?
You can check with local department of consumer affairs or business bureau to find out of the company has a good record with consumers. A pattern of poor performance is telling!
Companies with a good record with their former customers can provide testimonials or references. Ask to see these references.
IS THE MOVING COMPANY AVAILABLE ON YOUR MOVING DAY?
Most people don’t have a lot of flexibility on moving dates, and most people move around the end or beginning of the month. Be sure the company you’re looking to hire has availability on the day you want to move.
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR LOST OR DAMAGED ITEMS?
Understand what the terms are on lost or damaged items to protect yourself. Educating yourself ahead of time will prevent issues in the future.
WHO WILL COME HELP ME MOVE?
Knowing who will be in your home, handling your possessions is important. Are the movers subcontractors? How much experience do the movers have? Asking a few detailed questions about the movers themselves will help you to decide who is the right mover for you.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Moving is a stressful experience, and hiring movers makes everything easier — that is, if you hire good movers who will do the job right! By asking some simple questions and interviewing several different companies, you can make an educated decision before committing to a moving company.