Have you ever noticed that there are endless articles online about dealing with stress when moving to a new home?
That’s why one of your first steps when planning a move is to find a mover that has been in the business for years and is known for its unparalleled reputation in customer service.
Of course, that’s easier said than done. To help make your search easier, we’ve broken down the process into three easy steps.
1. Shortlist Candidates
The truth is, finding a mover isn’t the hard part. For sure, you’ll get a lot of recommendations from family, friends, and even your real estate agent. If you prefer to search online, you’ll no doubt find an overwhelming number of moving companies willing to get your business.
Narrow your search; go with a local mover. Visit companies in person, look at their equipment, and get a feel for how they conduct business. If this doesn’t narrow down your list, screen further by conducting a background check on your candidates.
There are different ways to do this. Get in touch with your local BBB or the Department of Transportation (DOT) if you’re planning to move to another state. Or contact the American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA) to see if the mover you’re considering is a ProMover member.
2. Get In-Home Estimates
Now that you have narrowed your list of candidates, the next step is to get an in-home estimate. This doesn’t necessarily mean you should go for the mover who offers the lowest estimate. To find a mover that’s right for you, you must observe how the estimators do their job.
Of course, you’ll also need to do your part. When a company sends their estimator, make sure that you don’t exclude any of the items that you want to have moved.
As for the estimator, don’t forget to gather information about the company he or she is representing. Find out if they’re going to do the job themselves or if they will contract the job to another mover. The estimator should be willing to give out details about his or her company. Details should include complete contact information, references, license numbers, plus any informational material they may have such as a pamphlet, booklet, or brochure.
3. Review, Compare, and Verify
The last step is to review and compare the estimates you’ve gotten and to verify the movers’ credentials. Again, when you review and compare estimates, be sure you don’t choose based on price alone. Check whether your estimates are binding, non-binding, or binding not-to-exceed.
You should also do further verification of the companies’ credentials. Make sure the company you’re keen on hiring is licensed and insured. Doing this last bit will ensure that you feel confident about your choice of a mover.
Ready to Find a Mover?
Follow these three steps, and you’ll be sure to find a mover that will eliminate, or at least minimize, the stress of moving.
Should you have any questions about household moving, corporate relocation, or moving internationally, don’t hesitate to contact us.