How to Choose a Professional Mover
Starting a new life in a new city? Then start by learning how to choose a good mover–and not just anybody with a van, but somebody who can actually be trusted. After all, these dudes will be handling your precious belongings. Below are pointers to help you find a competent and reliable mover:
License and Insurance
Any company moves within within your state should be able to show you a copy of their state license. If they move stuff out of state, they should have a Department of Transportation-issued license number.
Also make sure your potential mover has sufficient as well as current insurance coverage. Don’t even entertain a mover that is unlicensed or uninsured. You want them to cover any damages that your stuff may end up with while in their hands. Besides, they can never have a license without insurance. Don’t gamble with uninsured and unlicensed folks who think they are expert movers, never mind if it’s nothing more than a side job to them.
Check out online reviews.
One good way of narrowing down your options is to read Internet reviews and get a feel of whether their past clients have been happy with their service. Don’t merely look at the ‘star rating’ – pay attention to the number of reviews the mover has as well. If the positive ones outweigh the negative by a huge margin, it’s safe to assume they’re reputable. Other Internet tools can be useful too, such as Angie’s List or Thumbtack. And remember the traditional standard: the Better Business Bureau.
Get an in-house quote.
That phone estimate sure sounds convenient, but it’s also a warning sign. A real person should come to inspect at your belongings in real life. As you might expect, people are usually clueless at gauging how much stuff they have. Telling– as against showing–a moving company you have a three-bedroom house doesn’t specify whether the rooms are furnished to a minimum or gill to grill. If they insist on giving you an estimate without seeing your stuff, it may be a sign that they don’t have the experience you want.
Don’t choose a mover just because their offer is cheap.
As you check out different movers, you’ll find that their prices can vary widely. As always, you get what you pay for. To ensure that belongings arrive in their destination in one piece, choose a mover that has invested in the right packing materials, equipment and workers. A company may seem way beyond your budget at first, but there’s usually room for negotiation.