When it comes to choosing a moving company, there are many stories of how many have failed their users in different ways. From the loss or deterioration of goods to the charging of hours not worked, delays, and failure to meet agreed estimates. This sum of inconveniences is what generates a bad reputation and, as a result, the client chooses another company with good reviews.
Moving day is stressful enough without your things arriving broken or with extra charges. To avoid this, it is wise to research potential movers. All you need is a little extra time. It will be extremely beneficial to your move.
Here are 7 steps to choose the right moving company
1. Get recommendations
Start by getting free moving estimates. Then, ask family, friends, and co-workers to give you the names of their favorite moving companies. If you work with a real estate agent, ask for references.
2. One is not enough
Don’t settle for the first estimate you receive. Ask at least three different moving companies to give you an estimate in person, as no company can give you a complete estimate without knowing the quantity and size of your belongings.
3. Keep an eye out for warning signs
Watch for red flags during the estimate. You should know that most reliable movers will not ask for a cash deposit before the move. If a moving company seems desperate to get the money upfront, you may be in the presence of an illegitimate business.
Even during the estimate, you can see if the company is being unprofessional or unprofessional. And if you notice that: they are late, seem unsure of their abilities, or are unable to answer your questions, you are looking at red flags that speak of an unprofessional moving company.
Finally, be wary of any moving company that shows up in a rented van. A professional company will have its own team, as is the case with Nice Guy Movers Orlando, who have all the necessary materials to transport your belongings with the utmost care and commitment.
4. Check the moving company’s license and insurance.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration provides a DOT number to moving companies that operate nationwide and are properly licensed.
If you are moving out of state, you should verify the mover’s license through the FMCSA’s protectyourmove.gov site and request the mover’s DOT number; it will be required if you have to file a claim against the mover later on. If you stay within a state, check with your local consumer affairs agency. You can access a list of agencies located in your state through the FMCSA database.
5. Check with the Better Business Bureau (BBB)
Research the moving company’s history with the BBB, online for free. Choose moving companies that are certified by the BBB or at least have a good rating. If the company is not listed with the BBB, consider looking for one that is.
6. Ask about professional accreditation
Business associations evaluate companies before granting them membership or a mark of approval. Try to choose a company that carries the American Moving and Storage Association’s ProMover logo.
7. Check the company’s address
Ask for a business contact card or check the moving company’s website, then look up the address on the Internet or in the phone book. Make sure the mover’s address is listed and registered under the company’s name. If an address appears under a residential name, it may be unreliable.