Moving out can be quite a hassle and generally takes a lot of time and effort. Usually, people are very careful when packing, arranging and organizing their possessions but they are not very careful when it comes to the most important aspect of moving: choosing the best moving services. Though everyone who moves wants their possessions to be handled by the best moving companies available at an affordable cost, they lack the general idea of how to find one.
Also, the defining factors of the best moving companies also differ mildly from individuals to individuals. Some are looking for affordable movers who fit in their budget while others might be in search of commercial movers and a little extra expense doesn’t matter to them.
However, there are certain common parameters that you can look for to define the best moving companies. Quality moving services, reasonable prices, reputation, and consumer grievance handling are a few of these parameters. Some might be looking for local movers that operate only in select area.
Here are a few steps you can take to pick the best moving service according to your choice.
References and the Internet: Most people you know have moved at least once in their lives. Ask for their opinions as well as their experience with the professional movers. This can be a good way of coming up with some reputed and good moving companies. Most moving companies have an online website where you can run a background check, look at their service history, and their area of operation as well as a few rough moving rate estimates. Look for their security, licensing and insurance information. If you hear a company mentioned a lot on good terms, means it is a trusted company and one of the best ones out there.
Get a quote and moving estimation: After making the list of preferred moving companies, get a few quotes. Some companies charge on an hourly rate basis, some others by estimated volume based on the rooms, and some by estimating what types of furniture and goods need to be moved. However, most movers give moving quotes by the estimated weight of load to be moved. A trustworthy moving company will never deny sending estimators to clients’ homes to put together a quote. The moving estimates should include the information about insurance coverage and/or any additional or hidden charges.
Moving rates vs. Services provided: Compare the moving quotes of different movers versus the services provided. Most of the time cheap moving companies are not the best moving companies. Adopt different means, like avoiding the end of month, Fridays and weekends, for moving to make it more affordable instead of going for cheap moving companies. On these days, movers are busy and will charge higher moving rates due to work overload. Instead, choose working days or Mondays and you might even get a discount due to sloth periods. Don’t forget that if a deal is too good to be true, it probably is.
Choose the best moving company according to your needs
After finalizing the movers on basis of reputation, estimates and services, ask some crucial questions before signing the agreements about their experience, even for customer referrals, number of people assigned to your move, company’s insurance cover and claims protection, as well as its extension.
At the end of it all, trust your gut instincts. If you have a bad feeling about a company even though you can’t put a finger on it, avoid them as they are probably not right for you and are certainly not the best available.