Moving is a big deal, whether it’s within local range or across the country. There’s no way around the work it requires of you, your helpful friends and/or family members, and a moving crew. In fact, hiring professional movers should be the first thing on your agenda when it comes to moving. Once you have this checked off of your list, you’ll be able to move on to the other essentials. This simple guide will give you all of the advice you need when it comes to hiring the right crew to take care of you and your moving needs.
1. Get Recommendations
If you’re a younger person living in a building full of people who are much older than you are, this advice might not be as relevant when it comes to consulting neighbors. However, if you’re amongst a group of people of mixed ages, you might be better off asking them. Asking your friends and family for recommendations if you are moving within local range is also a good idea. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and gather all of the information you want before deciding on a moving crew. Asking around will help you avoid scams and poor service in the long run. Get cost estimates and don’t be afraid to tell moving crews to back off on the phone calls. The power to select your moving crew is in your hands, not theirs.
2. Perform Initial Screenings
Research is so important when it comes to selecting a good moving crew. Consult apps that may help you with reviews and recommendations as well. Don’t limit yourself to select information. Expand your horizons and get all of the information you can. There are a lot of websites in existence that will help you avoid scams when it comes to moving. Make sure you seek them out and conduct background checks on every potential moving crew you’re looking to hire. You will thank yourself in the long run and it will be time and money well spent.
3. Show Your Estimator Everything
Once you’ve narrowed your moving crew options down to about three or four companies, be sure to show the estimator that comes to your place everything. You want to get exact estimates on everything you’re taking with you, including the time estimate of how long it will take them to move your things. Can they stay on schedule with your move-in or move-out date? Consider how much or if they’ll charge you per mile of gas their vehicle consumes. Is it a flat fee? Asking more questions will prevent you from being blindsided by moving companies in the future. Review your estimates carefully as you get them.
4. Compare Bids From Estimators Carefully
Don’t be too quick to jump at the lowest estimate. In fact, this is the one you should be most mindful of. Why does one service cost a lot less than the other? These are your things, your valuables, we’re talking about, not just a bunch of garbage rustling around in the back of a large van. Make sure the estimator has included all of the costs on your move list. You don’t want to run into trouble in the future.
Once you’ve done all your work and you’re ready to hire your crew, it’s important you take a list of your inventory to prevent loss or stolen items from being overlooked when you get to your new place. Enjoy your new home more when you do your homework in getting there beforehand.