Let’s be honest: Nobody likes to move. It’s hard work, it’s stressful, it’s time-consuming… it’s the worst.
And that’s why moving companies were invented.
Professional movers can be lifesavers when you’re preparing for a big relocation, taking most of the really tough manual labor off your plate and ensuring a smoother, quicker process. But as you seek the help you need, remember that not all moving companies are created equal. It’s important to do your due diligence and pick the most reputable company—the movers best-suited to meet your needs.
That’s what we’re going to get into in this blog post.
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Finding the Right Moving Company
Now, here’s our advice for picking the right movers.
Get multiple quotes
If you’ve never hired a moving company before, you may not have a very good sense of how much you should be paying. This might result in you getting ripped off; or, of underpaying but getting a shoddy service.
That’s why it always pays to get three to five quotes from different movers, which should give you a good sense of the general ballpark, and also help you identify any extreme outliers.
Just make sure to always make the comparisons are apples to apples. For instance, if one moving company includes packing and the other moving company doesn’t, the price is naturally going to be a little different.
Also, be sure that you get quotes from companies that are actually willing to send someone out to look at your stuff and give you a custom estimate. You can’t expect a meaningful quote from a company that hasn’t seen exactly what you want them to move!
Ask friends and neighbors
Want to find a local mover who can be trusted to do a good job? Someone who is dependable, professional, and affordable?
Well, why not ask friends who have moved over the past couple of years?
Often, that’s the best way to find a good referral. And in some cases, friends may caution you against hiring a really bad company, potentially helping you avert a big mistake.
If you don’t have friends or family members who can give you a recommendation, your next step should be heading to Google. Specifically, pay attention to testimonials and online reviews. No, these aren’t always 100 percent reliable, but neither can they be dismissed out of hand.
If a moving company has 10 different people saying they were slow or unprofessional or overpriced, that’s worth paying attention to.