One of the key aspects of moving to a new home is hiring top-quality relocation services.
Finding a great moving company will make your move less stressful on both your mind and body.
To make sure you’re hiring the best movers, you should ask the right questions. Here are four questions to ask when looking for a moving company.
Can You Provide References?
For the safety of your belongings, you’ll want to ensure that the moving company you choose is a great one.
You’ve likely checked online reviews on Yelp, Facebook, and other review sites before contacting the company. Asking for references directly from the company provides an extra layer of comfort and assurance with the movers.
References provide two things: longevity and quality. If they provide a lot of references, it shows how many people they’ve helped, as well as their own confidence in what they do.
Can You Get a Written Estimate?
You’ll most likely get an estimate in some form from a moving company when you consider using their relocation services.
When coming close to an agreement, it’s smart to get that estimate in writing. Although the final price might be higher or lower depending on a number of conditions (such as the total weight of your items), a written estimate will give you a solid ballpark number.
Don’t accept an estimate until after an in-home consultation, is completed in person or virtually. It’s hard for a company to provide an accurate price estimate until they’ve seen the home and understand the job ahead of them.
A binding written estimate after an on-site visit is the best way to ensure your final bill won’t be a shocking one.
What Can Cause Additional Fees?
Even with a written estimate, moving day often brings additional fees. Preparation will save you from unanticipated moving expenses.
Ask to see a list of what causes additional fees. You might find service charges like moving large or awkward items, using the stairs, or dealing with parking issues.
These often don’t appear on your written estimate because they’re unanticipated. If something unexpected pops up that makes the moving process more difficult for the workers, most companies charge fees to compensate for the extra work.
By asking for insight into these additional fees up front, you are better prepared for your move to try to eliminate as many fees as possible.
What Happens If Something Is Broken or Missing?
The fact is, moving a lot of items at one time means that sometimes things break. It only takes one wet spot on the floor or one pothole on the road to mess something up.
It’s smart to be clear ahead of time on how the company will handle any items that are damaged or lost during the move.
Part of your payment to the movers might include protection plans for your items or additional insurance. It’s common for a moving company to offer a full value protection plan or a released value plan. Choose the option that is right for you.
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