The process of looking for reliable moving services may seem difficult for the first time mover. Thankfully, hiring a mover has never been easier. The following five tips will help you to get a dependable mover, as well as, save you some money.
- Getting recommendations from friends and family members
Your family members and friends can be helpful when looking for a reliable mover. Based on their own experience, they will have the ability to refer you to the best moving company.
- Avoid scams by verifying the company with the Better Business Bureau. There are many companies online that claim to be brokers but offer no viable proof. Be wary of an scams that require payment upfront and do not clearly identify service terms. 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.
- 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 binding estimate.
- Choose a moving company that is properly insured and licensed. 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.
- Examine the rates the moving company charges, and compare it to the level of service promised. 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.