Did you know that 10% of Americans move each year which equals tens of millions of relocations? Because of this, there are a lot of moving companies out there ready to help out. But how do you know which moving company is right for you?
Read on to learn about how to choose a moving company for your big day.
Before you hire a moving company, get recommendations through the internet or by asking people you know. Browsing through the internet can take a while because most places have online reviews. However, the time it takes to do this is worth it when the outcome is a great moving company.
This technique will also help you find cheap moving companies if you are on a budget. However, it is important to note that the best moving companies are usually those that charge more for their services. When searching online, be sure to compare prices by getting quotes.
If a real estate agent has been helping you with your move, they may have a moving company recommendation for you.
Ask More Than One Company
When looking at estimates from moving companies, be sure not to hire the first one you get. It is recommended to ask at least three companies for an in-person estimate before making a final decision.
An in-person estimate is a smarter option because seeing your things can provide a more thorough estimate.
Don’t Ignore Red Flags
Whether you are looking for local moving companies or major corporate ones, look out for red flags. During the estimate process, a cash deposit is not required. If movers ask you for one before you move, consider it a red flag.
Moving companies are sometimes money hungry because they are not a legit or reputable business. When you get an estimate, you have the opportunity to see how professional the movers seem. Pay close attention to how they answer your questions and note if they show up on time.
All companies, including long-distance moving companies, should not show up in a rented van. This is a major red flag as all professional movers will own their own equipment.
Ask for License and Insurance
A moving company without a license and insurance is not one you want to hire. Through the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), you can figure out if a licensed number was issued to a company.
Once you have the license number, keep it in case something unexpected occurs. You will need it if you have to file a claim later on.
Along with checking with the FMCSA, you can research a company’s track record with the Better Business Bureau. This can be done for free online so there is no reason not to check.
Choosing the Right Moving Company
Without the right moving company, you could have a disastrous move. Packing all of your things up for a new place can be stressful enough so finding the right moving company is a must. By following this guide, you can find the right moving company for your move.
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