Moving can be extremely time-consuming and stressful, but it doesn’t have to be if you’re meticulous and organised. Of course, you can’t do all of this alone either – you will need help from others, possibly including family members, friends, and employees. Choosing the right moving company for you is key because you don’t want to get scammed or end up with movers that are late or unprofessional. To this end, here are some tips you may want to use when making this very important decision.
You will need to do some research in order to get a list of moving companies you may consider using. The best way to do this is to get recommendations from your friends and co-workers, and even real estate agents, as they are accustomed to dealing with movers. Search for these companies individually as opposed to going through a brokerage service, as these tend to be less reliable.
Data and Screening
Collect some basic information on each of the companies on your list. This should include their address and a contact number or email. Then it’s time to find out if any of the companies on your list seem a little fishy. There should be a moving association in your country or state, and because these kinds of organisations stipulate certain standards and tariffs, this is the best way to ensure your company is reputable. You can also use consumer advocacy sites to check out your chosen companies.
Create a shortlist of companies that you think would be best suited for your move, then call them in for an estimate. You want them to be as thorough as they can so your estimate is as accurate as possible. It is up to you to inform the mover of any complications to the move, for example, stairs or elevators. While the estimate is being conducted, you can also ask about their level of experience and make sure that they will be doing the move themselves, not contracting it out to anyone else.
Review and Comparison
After all the estimates have been completed, you will need to review and compare them. You want to be able to understand everything that has been provided for you, so don’t hesitate to call if there’s something that’s confusing. Comparisons are also extremely important, as estimates that are extremely low should be flagged – watch out and ask about additional costs that may not have been mentioned.
These are just some of the great ways for you to choose the right moving company for your needs. There are many kinds of moving specialists out there. Some only do particular types of moving, while others, like Your Local Movers, are both home and business removalists – check out their website (yourlocalmovers.com.au) for more information. Remember that recommendations from others are just that – recommendations. You need to decide what the best fit is for your particular move.
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