Moving To a New Place? Know These Things About Moving Companies Before Hiring One!
We have all come to a point in our lives where we need to change residencies. Now at these times we need move, we tend to ask people we know to help out with the labor involved. Though you may run into times where your friends or family are not available to help out. When this happens, our only other choice is to look into hiring a moving company to assist in what needs to be done.
Typically, when we search for moving companies to help out with the moving process, we tend to look online for any companies that are in the area. This can be a frustrating time because when you do a search online, there are many options that are available to you. How do you choose which moving company to hire? There are many factors to consider when making this decision. Do you really want to trust the safety of your valuable belongings to complete strangers?
The first thing you want to look for is a moving company with a good reputation.
The first thing you want to look for is a moving company with a good reputation. When a company has a great reputation, it saves you time and money. Most of the time when you find one with a good reputation, they have been in business for while. This is also an important factor in your decision-making. A long track record enables you to find out how their clients have responded to their service each and every time.
The second and more obvious question you need to find an answer to is – Are they licensed? Any licensed moving company should have a unique license number, when moving your belongings from one state to another, issued by the United States Department of Transportation. If they are just moving you within the same state, then they are only required to have a state license. When checking into these things, make sure that their license is up to date.
The next thing you want to look into is if they are insured. You can do this from the same website where you check their license information (USDOT). You definitely don’t want an unlicensed and underage teenager driving a semi with all your valued belongings. The same goes for any “moving company” put together buy some guys just looking to make some money on the side. A safe step to take is to see if your belongings are covered by your homeowners or renters policy. If they aren’t covered, then you may want to look into getting supplemental insurance from one of the following websites: movinginsurance.com or moveinsure.com.
Another important factor that I’m sure you are most concerned about is their rates and how much they will end up charging you for their services. Low rates don’t necessarily mean a low charge in the end. You need to make sure of what all is involved. Will they be charging you for fuel or mileage, or perhaps both? Also take into consideration that moving companies can act like airlines, and charge different rates depending on whether it’s the weekend or during a weekday.
Make sure that they can also give you a free on-site estimate, because by law they can only give you rates over the phone and not an estimate. Do their services include protecting your furniture by wrapping them before they start moving things around to prevent damage? How long will the job take? Will you be responsible if they take longer than expected and have to go into overtime? These are important things you need to sort out beforehand.
Another good preventative measure is to take photos of your home and belongings, so later you can’t be blamed with damages that they may cause. The last important thing you need to make sure of is if they have any questions for YOU. If they don’t, then that should throw up a HUGE red flag to the point where you should definitely find a different moving company.