Nothing is more nerve-racking to a home seller than the stress of selling their house and moving all their possessions or shifting to a new house. There’s an entire list of tasks to accomplish before, during, and after the move; you only have a few days or weeks to pull it off.
The last thing you need is the added headache of choosing a mover. This article contains information about what you should consider when hiring a moving company.
Research is one of your best friends in this situation. Researching before hiring a domestic moving company will help you weed through the clutter and choose the best company for you. Check if the company is licensed in your state through their website.
Call or write to the previous customers of your choice of the company who are willing to be contacted. Find out how they felt about both the move coordinator and the driver. An unscrupulous shipping company will often take advantage of vulnerable people, so it’s essential to ask if they were pressured into paying additional fees.
Check claims and reviews
You can also check out the transportation department of your state Attorney General’s office to see if anyone has ever filed a complaint against the company you are considering hiring. You can do this by searching the internet for your state and “moving company complaints” or names of shipping services to find any reviews, news stories, or complaints already documented online about a particular moving company.
Ask for an estimate
This is a good time to find out exactly what it will cost to move your things. See if they have free estimates online or if you can get one in writing. If you can’t get an estimate in writing, be cautious of companies that won’t provide one.
Ask if they have insurance coverage
It doesn’t hurt to ask what their insurance coverage amounts to, and it’s advisable to ask how long their liability policy lasts, especially if you are worried about a friend or relative helping with the load and luggage for safety’s sake.
Consider a local company
Suppose you are moving somewhere out of town. In that case, you might consider hiring a locally owned business with experience with local moves and the local customs of your destination area.
Find out what type of trucks they use
The size and quality of trucks matter, so ask about the company’s fleet and how long they’ve been using their trucks. The smaller the capacity (the amount of stuff each truck can hold), the more trips back and forth they’ll have to make.
Make sure you ask for references and see their trucks in action before making a decision. Companies that look down on customers who want to see their trucks are usually unreliable. You should also ask them how much they charge per mile compared with how many miles it takes them to complete a job.
These are some of the basic things you need when you want to hire a mover. Always remember that although hiring a moving company is quite convenient, it will only be worth the money and time if you choose wisely.