By Todd Fryer:
When it comes to moving, hiring professional movers for the job is an option many people prefer. Unfortunately, there are a few horrible stories out there about movers, so you want to make sure that a scam or fraud doesn’t happen to you.
It will take a little bit of time to research and find the right company for your move. Get as many recommendations from people as you can and be sure to ask for references. As you shop around, be sure to do an initial screening of each company you are considering. Go online and do a background check and also check with the Better Business Bureau. Find out how long they have been in business - a few years at minimum and 10 years is ideal.
Next, insist on a written estimate from each company. Do not accept an estimate over the phone. It is a good idea to have an in-home estimate and have the estimator come out to your house. Make sure you show them everything you want moved. Also inform them of any conditions at the new home that might complicate the move such as stairs, elevators, etc.
Review the estimate and ask a lot of questions to address anything you are unsure about. Make sure that the contract covers rates and charges, the mover's liability for your possessions, and confirm dates for pickup and delivery as well as addresses and directions. In general, local moves are charged an hourly rate per worker and long distant moves are charged by weight and distance. Read the estimate carefully. If anything needs to be changed remember to have them send you a revised estimate.
Make sure the company has a license and insurance to move you legally. On moving day, get a copy of the mover’s inventory list.
Following these steps will help you feel confident you have selected the right movers to help your moving day be a success.
Century21 Aberwin Realty