Posted on: August 10, 2018
With so many moving companies to choose from, it can seem bewildering to try to find the mover that will work best for you. Finding the right help is ultimately about understanding your needs, and then finding the moving company best equipped to assist you. The key to success is to understand the factors that differentiate moving and storage companies, and how these factors can impact you.
Look up at least three local movers and then consider:
Cost: To compare moving costs, start by requesting an estimate. Estimators will assess the type and amount of your moving needs, and then provide you with a quote. With a professional assessment from an on-site estimator, you will get the best price for the services rendered. Also, note which moving companies provide you with a binding estimate as opposed to non-binding. For the most part, a binding estimate will guarantee the price quoted to you. Although the amount due at the end of the move could be slightly higher or lower, you can expect it to be close to what the company quoted.
Reputation: The reviews that past customers post online can give you insight to the caliber of service and level of integrity of a moving company. Spend a little time searching a mover’s name so that you can review comments and feedback.
Longevity: Consider prioritizing the companies that have a solid history of successful business in your community. The more experience a team has, the more likely they are to understand what they should be most careful with, best ways to pack items, and more. Choosing a moving company with lots of experience can increase the odds that your move will be handled by industry experts.
Licensing: Many states require moving companies to be licensed, and you can also find moving companies that are licensed, bonded, and insured. You can verify a moving company’s license with state records, usually through an online search. Also, consider moving companies with a Better Business Bureau rating. A high BBB rating tells you that they meet high standards within the industry.
Add-ons: While some movers only transport goods from one location to another, others offer a broad range of convenient add-on services. If you need help with packing and unpacking, furniture installation, vehicle transport, or something else, be sure to include this information to the estimator so that you can accurately compare costs for the full scope of your move.
Insurance: Along with basic liability insurance coverage, consider a moving company that offers full replacement value protection. When you select full replacement insurance, the moving company will replace any item lost or damaged for the price you would pay today.
Customer service: As you work with estimators, customer service representatives, and other employees of a moving company, take note of how they present themselves and their work. If they are careful and methodical in the ways that they listen to what you need, they are more likely to be careful and methodical in the ways that they move your household.
Considering each of these factors, and prioritizing the ones that are most important to you, can point you in the right direction on differentiating between moving companies. Remember, you can always contact the experts at Baymeadows Moving and Storage for all your moving questions and a free estimate.