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How to Choose the Right Moving Company

boxesAre you planning a move? If so, whom should you trust with your household and personal belongings?  You should take a systematic approach when selecting a company to ensure that you hire movers who understand your specific moving requirements.

Once you decide to hire a professional moving company, you need to pick the right one for your moving needs.

The following checklist will help you to choose the right moving company:

Timing

Selecting the right moving company is a very time-consuming process that takes effort. You need to request bids from your shortlisted companies and check their references. Before you pick a particular mover, several weeks will have gone by.

Make sure that you leave ample time for this process. If you do not, you might be very disappointed.

Shortlist

Finding the right mover is a very overwhelming task. Therefore, you need to prepare a shortlist of movers that you are considering. The internet and word-of-mouth are great sources for compiling a shortlist.

boxes2By conducting an online search and talking to several friends, you can narrow down your choice of companies by matching them to your specific moving needs. For instance, if you are moving across the US, you can eliminate companies that do not operate long distance.

Be specific

Do you have a piano? Look for a company that has some experience in moving pianos. On the other hand, if your move is international, look for moving companies that move internationally.

If you identify the most important service criteria for you, it might save you some money and time.

Quality of service

It always pays in the end to check whether the company you are considering has a desirable service record. You can definitely find testimonials online using social media and Google. Your family and friends can also provide some insight into the effectiveness of a moving company.

It is very important that you phone the companies that you are considering to ask for their credentials. For instance, a company that has a good Better Business Bureau rating can assure a certain quality of service.

Moving estimate

Getting estimates from your shortlisted companies is important in coming up with a moving budget. Normally, it is impossible to provide an estimate that is 100 percent correct. However, you should expect the movers to provide the formula used to calculate their final charge.

Moreover, you should also have a reasonably accurate estimate before you pick the right moving company.

According to Steve Favato, founder of Tiger Moving & Storage, one of the best moving companies NJ based, you should contact moving companies and get a written, accurate estimate. Solidify the date with the moving company.

Compare the bids

Once you have all the estimates from your prospective movers, you need to compare the bids. However, you should be wary of any company that comes in lower than the others do. When comparing the higher bids, you should check the origin of any extra costs.

If you do not understand one thing, make sure that you call the movers and ask them about it. Do you have several reasonable bids from reputable companies? You should not be afraid to negotiate for the best rates.

Check the licensing and insurance details

Your prospective moving companies need to have the right insurance and licensing to be able to move legally. You can start by entering the company’s USDOT number into safersys.org. Doing so will show you a lot of information about the movers.

Select a mover

If you have run checks on all your potential movers, you should feel confident enough to choose one. The next step involves getting the right details and dates of the move. Make sure that you receive a signed order for the service.

The above tips will come in handy when choosing the best moving companies to handle all of your worldly possessions.

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