How to Find a Moving Company that Understands Your Needs

Moving to a new house or apartment can be a stressful process. That’s why it’s of the utmost importance that you find a moving company that understands exactly what you want to be done and does it quickly and efficiently. Even the most organized people have difficulties packing up everything. It can be a lot to do by yourself. You can never just hire the first moving company you come across without having done any homework. This could potentially lead to a lot of broken furniture, missing boxes, and headaches that last for days. You could even end up paying a lot of money for below par service.

The best thing to do when you have a big move coming up is to start doing your research on moving companies, at least a month prior to the big move. This gives you ample time to compare and weigh the pros and cons of all your options carefully. Don’t just take your friend’s word for it. The Internet is a place full of information. So turn to Google. Do a quick search of movers in your area and make a note of the ones you find promising. Here are a few things you should keep in mind.

Background checks

Once you’ve picked a list of movers, vet them thoroughly. Do a background check on them online. You could even call and talk to them directly if you want more information. Go to their websites and look for customer reviews.

Shortlist companies

From the list, you already have, start evaluating your options by analyzing their pros and cons. Ask for quotes from the different companies. Make sure you’re not overpaying. Ask what services will be offered or provided by the company once they’re hired and compare that with the initial quote. Make sure the companies understand the nature of your move. Is it long distance? Will it include heavy machinery? How much furniture will there be? Tell them all the concerns you have regarding the move and make sure they’re equipped to handle everything you want them to.

House visits

The moving company will likely want to visit your home to see what they’re dealing with prior to the move. Give them all the details and show them all the things you want to be moved. Some moving companies even offer packing services. If you also want this service, provide clear instructions as to how and where you want your things packed. Communicate with your moving company. Make sure they know all about any and all possible complications at your new place. While they’re in your house, ask them all you want to know about their company.

Here are a few questions you can ask:

  • What’s the company’s full name?
  • Are there other names they go by?
  • How long has the company been in business?
  • What’s the company’s phone number, address, website name, and email address?
  • Are they licensed-members of the Ministry of Transport?
  • What are their license numbers?

Don’t be shy or scared to ask questions. You can never be too forward with these things. After all, they are your belongings and it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Compare the estimates

When you finally get quotes from moving companies, take everything you’ve learned about them and see whether their services are actually worth the money they’re asking for. Although a low price is always nice, be careful of the companies that have especially low prices. Look at higher bids and find where the extra cost is coming from. Is there an extra service included? Is the moving transportation insured? Where’s the money going? If you’re unclear about something, communicate. Call or email them. Better yet, go to the company yourself and enquire in person. Once you have affordable bids from companies you like, negotiate. Get yourself the best rate possible through negotiation.

Back to the drawing board

Take all the data you’ve collected so far, and get back online. Go back to their websites and do some fact checking. Make sure that all they told you is true. Consider each of your options carefully, weighing their pros and cons, estimate cost, services offered, and even customer reviews.

Selecting the mover

Once you’re satisfied with your list, it’s time to finally pick a winner. Don’t forget to take certain names off your list as you go through the research phase. By now you probably have a moving company in mind. Once you’ve studied all your information, pick a moving company that you think will work best for you.

Different moving companies have different qualities to them. It’s your job to do your research prior to the actual move and pick one that’s suited to your specific needs.