How to Choose a Professional Mover
Moving to a new home? You shouldn’t just look for a mover but a mover that can be trusted. After all, these guys will be handling your prized belongings. Before you watch them being hauled off into some truck, you should at least do some homework.
Know it the mover has a license and insurance.
If your new address is still in the same state, ask for proof of the mover’s state license and insurance. If you’re moving to a different state, check the U.S. Department of Transportation website to know if they have a unique license number. Using the same site, you be able to check as well whether the mover’s insurance is up to date.
Read web reviews.
A good way to reduce your list of prospects is checking out online reviews on popular third-party consumer websites like Yelp and Angie’s List (marketing websites are biased and thus unreliable). When considering star ratings, don’t forget to see how many reviews were written. Every mover will receive both positive and negative, but it’s the overwhelming opinion that you should pay attention to. Of course, the Better Business Bureau can help in terms of which movers have or have had any serious customer issues.
Get an in-person estimate.
Getting an estimate over the phone is convenient, but it’s also risky. You can’t get an accurate assessment of your costs unless there’s a real live human being looking at your belongings. Saying you have two to three bedrooms’ worth of stuff does not qualify how much stuff is exactly in every one of these rooms. If they say it’s not necessary to visit your place personally, be warned. Reputable movers don’t do this.
Look beyond the price.
After speaking to different moving companies, you’ll see how large the differences in prices can be. As in most cases, you will likely get what you pay for. Definitely, you’ll want a mover to have the right knowledge, equipment and packing materials. Even if a mover seems initially beyond your budget, don’t strike them off your list right away. Negotiation is always a possibility.
In the end, you’ll want to compare at least two or three movers so you can determine which one is best for your needs and your budget. One company may say they’re affordable, but how can be sure if you don’t know the prices with other movers? It’s always important to have options. Spend time doing your homework, compare each company with the others on your list, and then make your final choice.