The process of looking for reliable moving services may seem to be hectic. However, wise searching maybe of great benefit, with little hassle. The following five tips will help you to get a dependable mover, as well as, save you some money.
1. Getting recommendations from friends and family members
Your family members and friends can be helpful when looking for a reliable mover. A friend or a family member, who is close to you, can assist you to get a good mover. He or she will refer you to the best moving company that offer best services according to his or her past experience. A close person to you will give assistance when making moving estimate costs. It is advisable to avoid getting information from people who have never used any moving service. Also, when finding a moving company online, try to avoid scams from some sites that claim to be brokers. A reliable moving company doesn’t depend on its size, but delivery of services. Therefore, don’t rush to make a deal with a company because of its fame and big name.
2. Have at least three moving companies to estimate your move at home
A company should give you a written binding estimate, or a binding not-to-exceed estimate. Different moving companies will have different estimate values based on the time to be taken for entire move. Non binding, on the other hand, is not always the best since at the end the cost of moving must be greater than the estimates. Moving cost varies according to rules and regulations governing moving services. For instance, moving across states, estimates are made based on the weight of goods and distance to be covered. Moving within the same state usually requires the moving company to issue a written and signed biding estimate.
3. Authenticity and experience in moving service industry
A moving company that has been in the industry for quite some time shows ability to offer quality service. The company should be experienced enough on handling fragile items and babies. Therefore, a reliable company should have moved countless kids and fragile goods. Authenticity is quite necessary especially when moving from state to another. However, even when moving within the state border, moving license of a company is important. Ensure the moving license number is valid before settling with the company. You should also verify whether the moving company is insured. It is important to ensure that your goods are covered by insurance policy before you start relocating. If it’s not, then look for a supplemental insurance policy.
4. The online reviews of the moving company
First of all, check whether the company is registered with Better Business Bureau (BBB). Again, check its rating with BBB, as well as the reviews by clients who used the company’s services. Social media can help you know more about clients’ experience with the company. If the reviews are positive, the moving company is reliable. On the other hand, if reviews are negative, avoid the company totally. A reliable company should have a good reputation, through winning some awards for good service provision. A company that is well reputed is a good one. Good reputation means that the company neither overcharge services, nor under delivers services.
5. Examine the rates a company charges
In most cases, rates of moving may vary according to seasons. There are low and high peak seasons. High peak seasons occur during weekends, holidays, and end months; while low peak occurs during week days. During high peak, rates tend to rise up since more people are moving, while low peak rates are low. Therefore, if you want to save some money avoid moving during high peak seasons.