Moving your home or business can be challenging, stressful and expensive. However, with a little research and preparation you can find an experienced, reliable moving services company that can make this daunting task a lot easier. The following are a few steps you can take to make the entire moving process easier.
1. Get recommendations
Family members, friends, coworkers as well as local real estate agents are good sources of leads. They have dealt with the companies personally and know which ones did a good job at a fair price.
2. Screen Recommended Companies
Check with the Better Business Bureau and see what consumer advocacy groups and others online have to say about the companies on your list. Find out how long they’ve been in business and if they’re licensed bonded and insured
3. An In-Home Estimate
Choose the best three or four companies and request a binding in-home estimate in writing. Most companies offer them free of charge. This will give you a good sense of what the move will actually cost.
4. Show Them Everything
When the estimator arrives, show them everything you plan to take. This includes things in the closets, attic, basement and backyard. Tell them where you’re going and any stairs or obstacles they’ll encounter. This will enable them to give you an honest estimate they won’t challenge on moving day and refuse to honor.
5. Review the estimate
The words “written binding estimate” should be on top and the date and mover’s signature on the bottom. Make sure it includes everything you want to take and the accurate destination. It should say how long the move will take in addition to the cost.
6. Compare The Estimates
Look at the services and the price. Be wary of bids that are much lower than the rest. Call the company and ask questions if you need clarity.
7. Select a mover
Once you’ve done your due diligence, contact the company you have chosen, confirm the moving date and details and get a signed service order.
On moving day confirm the destination and your telephone number and get a number to reach them throughout the move.