Statistics indicate that moving home is the third most stressful occurrence that any person can experience. This is after a death in the family and losing one’s job – so those who are contemplating a move should do everything in their power to make sure that the process is as stress-free as possible.
One of the best ways to reduce the stress of any move is to ensure that you hire a professional moving company.
However, the challenge is that a quick Internet search reveals that there are numerous choices, both local and national that offer moving services – how does one make the choice when all seem to provide services that are very similar?
Here are some tips that will help to ensure that the moving company that you choose will be bale to move your household contents quickly and efficiently and offer a service that is cost effective.
#1 Get Rock Solid Referrals
The best source of information on great moving service providers are the people who you trust such as co-workers, friends, and family. These types of referrals are much more reliable than just viewing referral sites or reading the website of the moving company itself. Another great source of information on reliable moving companies is local estate agents. Many estate agents have long-term relationships with moving companies that they find reliable making their advice extremely valuable.
#2 Screen Your Choice
Once you’ve narrowed down your choice to a couple of options, its time does do some background checking. There are numerous Internet sites that will offer the opportunity to find out if the moving company that you are going to choose has a great track record. A few of these are Better Business Bureau at bbb.org and the ‘American Moving and Storage Association’ at moving.org. This organization issues guidelines on costs for moves, and you can easily find out if you’re being ripped off.
#3 Take Advantage Of Competition
There is almost certainly some moving companies that are active in your area. Make sure that you ask for a quote from at least three or four of them. Once you have these quotes then you will be in a better position to negotiate with your preferred long distance moving company should they not have supplied the lowest estimate – ask them to match the best price without lowering the levels of service that they would provide.
#4 Get An Accurate Quote
Ask if the moving company representative will come to your home to get an accurate idea of exactly how much and what sort of household contents that you have. Some of your household content may require extra care when being transported and this can add significantly to the costs (examples – I.T. equipment and antiques). If the mover is not prepared to give you an estimate based on a proper household goods evaluation find another one. Also, make sure that you get a solidly written estimate. There are also estimates called ‘do not exceed’ estimates which prevent any shocks when you receive your final bill.
#5 Reveal All
When a mover visits your home to get the information that is required to draft an estimate, make sure that you show him everything in the house and that he supplies a complete list before moving day. Many people get a nasty surprise when they receive their final bill because they did not open every cupboard or itemize everything in the attic.
Following some simple rules will reduce the stress involved in moving and give you peace of mind that you have found a professional moving company. Do your homework and enjoy a superior moving experience.