Six Great Tips For Finding A Professional Moving Company

By: Amy Nutt

Moving can be a tedious task, especially if you are very busy and don't have the time to take care of all the necessary details. Whether you are moving across town, or across country, you will want to be sure things go as smoothly as possible. That is where hiring a professional moving company can prove both useful and efficient. As with any other important decision, you will want to weigh the pros and cons of each possible choice. Here are six tips that will help you when making this decision.

Choose a local company. This is advisable because a company closer to home can work with you more efficiently than one in another location, and you will be able to receive assistance more quickly should problems or questions arise. It can also save you money, especially if you are moving a good distance.

Make sure the company you choose is licensed, bonded, and insured. Ask to see proof of this before making any hiring decisions. Remember, they will be moving your personal or company belongings, so you want to be sure they treat them with respect.

Check out local companies with the Better Business Bureau to find out if they are members of a storage association. This membership can be of advantage to you should any disputes concerning damage or delivery issues.

Obtain at least three estimates. This may require each company coming to your home or business to make assessments, but will serve you well in the long run. Go over details such as the amount of belongings you have, and whether or not you want the company to pack or wish to do it yourself.

Make sure you get everything n writing, including all estimates and other pertinent information. Ask questions if there is anything you don't understand, and have everything clarified before the people giving them estimates leave your home. Also, ask questions pertaining to cost and coverage. Keep in mind that two similar estimates may not always include the same services and protection, so do your homework very carefully. Such questions include: does the packing price include the cost of paper and boxes, is the company covered for replacement value of your belongings if they are lost or damaged, and what all is included in the estimate you have received? These answers will help you determine what company you choose. Remember, price does not always equal quality.

Lastly, always ask for verifiable references. Each company should have a list of satisfied customers you can contact as references. Three will generally be okay. Ask each if he or she was satisfied with the services received, if any problems occurred, and if so, how they were resolved, and if the movers were professional and courteous, ETC. By following these tips, you should be able to find a reliable moving company who will pack, move, and protect your belongings with the respect they deserve.

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