Avoid These 6 Mistakes when Hiring Movers

We all know that moving from home to home requires a lot of planning. There are many things to do like sorting through your belongings, tossing some items and packing the rest. Even if you can hire the best professional moving company, there are still some good tips on what not to do so that you can have the smoothest of moves. Here is a list to hep.

Don’t wait til the last minute – Gathering estimates will take you time. You will want to interview a few companies to find out what they all offer for services as well as find the best price. If you wait too long then you will run the risk of being forced to pick one based on availability rather than price.

Don’t be cheap – While you don’t want to overpay, keep in mind that you do get what you pay for. Good movers who have trained staff that are licensed and insured do cost more but will be good for peace of mind. Should there be any issues, they are more likely to handle them properly and make good on the situation.

Don’t forget to ask questions – When you are researching companies and getting estimates, make sure to ask some important questions. Ask questions like if they are licensed and insured, what insurance do they offer on your belongings, how is the staff trained, or can you get references are all good things to ask.

Don’t fall for fakes – Not all companies that you find online are good quality or reputable. Here are a few red flags for fake movers:

  • No federal motor carrier number for interstate moves
  • Mover will not meet you at home to provide written estimate
  • Trucks are unmarked or generic
  • Avoids questions about claim process or insurance

Don’t pay in cash – Most companies will charge you at the time of delivery when the move is completed. For larger, out of state moves, sometimes a deposit may be asked of you but is typically small and doesn’t exceed 20% of the total cost. Avoid companies that demand cash payments.

Do your homework – Be sure to do some fact checking on your own. Check references, review services offered and research the company online. For interstate moves see if they are licensed to do these types of moves as well.