Moving from one place to another can be a stressful experience, to say the least, because you'll have to get used to a new city, create a new social network, and completely change many aspects of your life. Amidst such stress, the least you can do for yourself is to hire a good moving company that will take care of all your moving needs end to end.
But identifying such a moving company is not easy and here are some things you should consider while hiring such a company.
A good moving company will take stock of all your inventory to identify the size of your move. Before giving you a quote, they will visit your place and take stock of the things that have to be moved. This is because the size and weight of your things will determine the cost.
You can always ask questions about the quote until you're sure you understand all its components thoroughly. Look for any extra fees and make sure you ask the reason for the same. Whatever happens, never agree to a blank moving contract even if you know the owner well as this could eventually lead to legal troubles for you.
It is also a good idea to check with different moving companies before zeroing in on the one that offers the best value for your money.
Never pay a large deposit
Reputed moving companies will never ask for a big deposit up front, so if someone is asking you, simply look for other options. This is because you will have little control over your belongings and even possibly your move if you pay too much money upfront. Even when you pay, use a credit card to get protection against fraudulent activities.
Companies that have a bad reputation tend to change their names often to avoid getting identified through the Better Business Bureau. You should stay away from these companies at any cost because they are covering up their fraudulent activities or poor quality of service by changing names.
Get references and talk to them
Before hiring a moving company ask them to give you a few references that you can call and check. And make sure you call them too.
When you talk to them, ask about their quality of service, cost, the smoothness of the move and any other pertinent questions you may have. In particular, ask them if they had to face any legal issues or if they ever had to seek legal services to settle disputes with the moving company.
That said, keep the call to about two minutes to avoid taking too much of their time. You can also check with the Better Business Bureau to see if any complaints have been lodged against them.
All of these should give you an idea of the company's reputation.
Thus, these are some of the aspects you should consider while hiring a moving company to move your belongings from one place to another.