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What to Know Before Hiring a Mover

Unless you’re still in colleges, the idea of moving yourself is probably on the list of your least-favorite things to do. Furniture is heavy, it’s a lot harder to bribe your friends to help, you have to rent a truck, etc.

Odds are if you’re moving you’ve already made the decision to hire a professional moving company. But which one should you choose? here are some tips, and some things to watch out for, when hiring professional movers.

Make sure that the moving company you select is licensed and insured:

This protects customers in a number of ways. First, a licensed and insured company is guaranteed to be authorized to do business as a moving company in your area (believe it or not, there are some moving companies who operate illegally). Second, in the event of an accident, your property is insured and will be replaced, giving you additional peace of mind. Reputable moving companies should be able to provide you with all appropriate licensing and insurance information.

Do your research:

Let’s face it, not all moving companies are the same, so it makes sense to do your research on who will be handling your move. Check out a moving company’s website and social media sites to see what they post and what others are posting. Also sites like Angie’s List and Google reviews are great to find out what other people’s experiences with the moving company were. Finally, talk to friends. They can give you great insight (both positive and negative) on various moving companies in your area.

Get several estimates:

There are usually a number of moving companies to choose from in a given area and it’s important to find the right one that is right for your move. Most movers offer free estimates. Interviewing a few or several moving companies allow the customers to compare pricing as some companies base assessments on hourly cost, while others may do it based on a number of rooms or weight. Additionally, if you have a large move it will help you to know in advance of extra trucks or workers will be required – which adds to the cost. Finally meeting with a number of moving companies allowed to use a customer to get a feel for the company and how they will treat your belongings.

Read the fine print:

As we said before estimates are a great way for customers to understand a mover’s pricing. When comparing estimates important to keep a lookout for hidden costs such as mileage fees, transfer fees, and charges for being such as appliance moving and “accessorial charges” which some companies use to tack on additional fees that don’t fall under any other category. By thoroughly reviewing the estimate you can save yourself a great deal of time and money!

Moving and very often a stressful situation, but by following the tips above you can save yourself a lot of time and headache by selecting the right mover. Get your free estimate with us to see what we can do for you!