Hello, our dear reader. If you have read our previous posts that means you have upgraded from freshman to at least junior class. But moving is a tricky business, so there are still a few steps until graduation. One of the biggest tests you will be faced with is how to pick a reliable moving company. Sometimes you won’t even need one because your family can help you to relocate. But chances are that is not the case, and you should find a good moving company. Also, let us say without placing any bets, that you have no clue on how to do that. It doesn’t matter if you are moving from one city to another or you have a few states from your hometown to your new university home, you will still need someone to transport your valuable belongings. You don’t want to end up paying too much or stressing because half of your things
much-needed books (or beer cag) will forever be lost. To avoid such apocalypse, we have constructed this neat list that you can always check before making such important decision. And feel free to include your parents or guardians in the process, this is not a rebellious I-demand-to-live-alone type of decision and their input could be much appreciated.
1. To pick the best moving company you must do your homework
There are a lot of companies that offer this type of services, but not all of them would be suitable for you, mostly because not all of them have the clients’ best interest in heart, no matter what their website says. What you need to do I choose the most reliable moving company. So, first, do the research and look up the company. How long have they been working? Do they have referrals posted online? Do they have license and insurance? Do they operate across the whole US or are they local? There is a big difference between professional company that can provide you with several services and a guy in a van with a truck that has a lot of “best” written on his website. When you meet in person to close the deal, look for warning sings, things that seem shady and behavior that might rise suspicion. You will place practically everything you own in the hands of that company, you need to be sure and comfortable that you have picked the best moving company. There are a lot of website that provide information about the reliability of the companies you are choosing, for example this is a government based website that enables you to check the credibility of the companies that do interstate moving.
2. The most reliable moving companies rely on “word of mouth”
Anyone can post made up recommendations and referrals on their website or throw shade on their competitors on various forums. That is why good, reputable moving companies put their trust in personal stories of their clients who will share their experience without even being asked to. Before you choose your company or even go online to look for me check with your family, friends and colleagues if they, by any chance, have some responsible moving company they could recommend. This can save you a lot of time and energy in the process of choosing and in the end a lot of money.
3. Don’t be afraid to do some bargaining when you find the best moving company
After doing some research and reviewing your friends’ recommendations you should be able to narrow down the choice to a few businesses. When you come to that stage ask for the estimate cost of the move, providing all the necessary data. Keep in mind that the cheapest estimate does not mean the best moving company, nor does the most expensive one. The trick is to find the balance between the quality of the service as well as the cost, and this opens the door to negotiation. Make sure not that you are paying the least amount of money possible but that you are getting your money’s worth. Only using this method, you will be able to find the best moving company.
4. The best moving companies will have a paper trail
No matter how sure you are that you have chosen the most reliable moving company, do no leave anything to chance. Sometimes, shady companies play on people’s trust and use their people skills and charisma to win over their potential clients’ trust. So, always make sure that you have signed a legally binding document. That way you will be protected if something happens. If the company is avoiding to do such thing, and isn’t offering you the needed information such as address, CEO’s name and number, you better back out from the deal and save yourself the loss of time and money. And if the company is willing to sign a contract go over it thoroughly and make sure that everything you discusses is covered and there will be no surprises. Any deal you have made with the company must be written and binding, otherwise it would be too easy to back out of it. Don’t be afraid to discuss the consequences for the loss of your possessions, delays in the shipment any damage that can happen during the transportation. The more safety guarantees you ask for the bigger will the company’s fee be, so do not let that surprise you.
Using this simple tips we gave you should enable you to find a good moving company easy and create a deal with them that could benefit both sides. Make sure that you have followed the tips we have previously offered you in terms of how to pack, so you would prevent any damage of your belongings. We hope you find this article helpful and keep checking our blog for more interesting tips on how to make your moving much easier.