Purchasing a new home or just relocating? It’s exciting to move into a new place but sometimes the process can be anything but easy. And the last thing you want to worry about is a moving company damaging your belongings and property, or something worse.
Most people hit the Google search to find their next mover. While that might be the easiest way, it leaves you with no guarantee of a drama-free move. There are a few important precautions you should take to be sure you’re using a reputable and qualified mover that will give you peace of mind as you make your big change.
Sometimes word of mouth from friends and family is just the best way to be sure you’ll be satisfied with the result of your move. Ask one of your friends or colleagues what movers they used and how it turned out. And keep in mind what their situation was and how it compares to yours – do they own a larger home or had an easy apartment move?
Ask important questions. Did the movers show up late? Did their belongings end up in the new location without dents and scratches? Did the movers respect the rules of the building or neighborhood?
Do Your Research
Once you have the names of a few movers you might want to use, it’s time to do some critical research. Check out the moving company’s reputation through review websites like Yelp and the Better Business Bureau.
Be sure your potential mover has a license to operate their truck with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. You can even call the American Moving and Storage Association to see if the companies you’re checking out are members.
Ask for an In-Home Estimate
If you’ve narrowed down your search for the perfect mover to a few you’re considering, have them come by your home for an estimate. Not only will this prevent any surprises, it will give you a chance to speak with a representative from the moving company and evaluate their professionalism and perceived level of experience.
You can ask them all your questions and be sure you are both on the same page. You can also sometimes get a good or bad gut feeling from someone when you meet them in person. From here you should be able to narrow down your choices to who might be the best fit.
Even when you’ve selected your mover, documentation is extremely important in case anything goes wrong and you need to reference what was agreed upon prior to the move. Make sure you have a copy of the inventory list and have the movers review it so they know exactly what items they are responsible for. Be sure they have specific instructions for getting to your new property, and have their contact information handy in case you need to call and check in.
During the move, immediately snap photos of any damage to both your items or the property. Immediately bring these things to the attention of your movers, and in writing is always the best for documentation.
While exciting, moving is never a simple process. Make sure you find a great mover that will take great care of your belongings and respect your new home.