Finding a reputable and qualified moving company takes a little work but pays off in the long run by saving you money. Moving companies can vary from a guy and his moving truck to large international mover. It's up to you to do your homework and start with a reputable company. Here are a few things you need to be aware of when hiring a mover.
There is a difference in Moving companies
Just like any other service provider, you will find various levels of competency. From the very competent to the disaster.
Research movers and then call for an estimate. Have 3 moving companies come to your home and give you a price for services. There you will be able to size up the company by how professional the salesman is. Also you will be able to get an accurate price.
Depending if you are moving locally or much further, there may be regulations and laws to give consumers protection that you may not even know of. Having knowledgeable companies are important if you are in moving in New York or using removals in Sydney, Australia.
Online price quotes are not a good
How can you get a an accurate quote when the movers don't visit your home. It's good to start a conversation with the company by e-mail, online or phone. But nothing can replace the benefits of having someone come to your home.
Online quotes are good ways the moving company can first get your business but don't be surprised if they ask for substantially more money because of miscommunication on your part or their's.
Signs of a bad moving company
Look out for the request for prepayment or a large deposit. This is a big sign. Most less than honest moving companies tend to use this tactic. Watch out for the too good too be true price. You will definitely be charged more when your furniture is sitting on their truck. Lastly, when you call their office and they answer by just saying "movers". Hang up and find a reputable company.
Low prices are not always a good deal
People that have been ripped off by movers always say they got taken by the company by their low, low quote. A low quote may be because you or your movers are not aware of all the details of the move. The problem usually comes because your movers have not explained extra costs that are associated with moving more fragile or delicate items. Special boxes or packing really increases the costs of moving.
The most important thing you can do is plan ahead. Moving your home or business is a rare occurrence and many people do not put the necessary work and planning to make it turn out right.