Looking for the Perfect Moving Company? Ask These Questions
Search the term "moving company" and you are sure to find a long list of moving companies in your area. Then, the question that comes to mind will likely be which will be best for your situation. In reality, many of these moving companies probably do an excellent job, but each one probably has slightly different services and has a somewhat different protocol. It's less about finding the best moving company and more about finding the best moving company for you. And you can do that by calling them up and asking them these questions.
1. Does the company offer full-service moving only, or are they flexible?
Some companies only offer full-service moves, which means they pack your things, load them into the truck, unload, and unpack. Other moving companies offer their services in a more a la carte manner. They can pack your stuff or you can pack yourself and let the moving company load the truck and drive. Make sure the moving company offers the style of service you'll find most helpful.
2. How much insurance is included?
You want to make sure the company includes enough insurance to cover the cost of your belongings. If you have $50,000 worth of things, for instance, you want to hire a moving company that insures at least $50,00 worth of property — or you will need to buy additional insurance.
3. Do they offer on-site estimates?
If you're in a real hurry, you may be okay getting an estimate over the phone. But otherwise, it is a good idea to hire a moving company that will provide an on-site estimate, since they tend to be more accurate.
4. How big of a team will be sent to your home?
In other words, is this company just two workers and a truck, or will they send a team of eight? If you have a smaller home, it's probably easier to hire a small team of movers, but with a bigger home and a lot of items, you may be better off with a big moving team.
5. What payment methods are accepted?
Basically, you want to hire a moving company that accepts secure payment of some sort, and that accepts a form of payment you can provide. If a company only accepts cash but you need a paper trail for tax purposes, that might not be the right moving company for you.
For more insight, contact local moving services.