Everyone has a story about a bad moving experience that could’ve been avoided with just a few simple tips and tricks on how to suss out the right moving company. Today we’re going to make sure that you know the 6 best recommendations on how oh how you can pick the best movers to get you transitioned without a hitch.
1. Ask Friends and Family
Before you get overwhelmed with a deep-dive into online reviews of your local moving company make sure you to talk to the people you trust. Friends, family, coworkers, neighbors, who have they used and how was their experience? Even in the internet age, word-of-mouth is still the best way to find the companies that give you the kind of experience that you deserve, especially when so many of your treasured memories are on the line.
2. Follow the Rule of Three
Moving is expensive! You want to make sure that the rate that you’re paying is competitive so don’t fall for any services that will nickel and dime you. The estimates are free, so why not get three? You can learn more information at Matco.
3. Are they Licensed and Bonded?
Getting a few buddies and a pick-up together to move to your new place may have worked out when we were in college, but you’re not a kid anymore. When getting your estimate, make sure to ask the movers for proof that they’re licensed and bonded, especially if you’re having any antiques or valuables transported, even just a short-distance.
4. Verify the Company’s Address
In the same vein of the last tip, you want to make sure you aren’t working with a fly-by-night organization. A quick google search will verify that the company you’re considering working with has a legitimate storefront. You could even take the time to check out their website to see if they have any promotions available that you can take advantage of.
5. Watch out for Red Flags
Make sure that you aren’t just taking other people’s word when picking the right movers for you. When getting an estimate, did the representative show up on time? Were they clear on their capabilities, and how they were going to move, for example, some of your larger items? And probably the biggest red flag of all, did they demand a cash deposit upfront? You want to know as much as possible to make sure that you can take as much of the stress out of moving as possible.
6. Check with the BBB
Last but definitely not least, make sure to check the company’s BBB rating. Different than your normal online reviews, these reviews will actually effect company’s standing in the community and good/bad reviews aren’t going to be buried by the platform itself. So make sure that people are saying encouraging things about the movers you want to work with.
I can’t say it enough – moving is stressful! So take these few, easy steps upfront to make sure that your next moving experience is as stress-free as possible.