Are you planning a home move?
Moving home is one of the most exciting times of your life, but it’s also one of the most stressful. What makes it more stressful is having to find good, reliable movers. It’s a task that can seem impossible at times.
But it doesn’t have to be a challenge! Keep reading for these tips on how to choose the best moving company for your needs.
Ask Friends and Family
If you want to find movers, first ask friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers who they used. If they’ve moved recently, they likely will have recommendations for you.
This personal experience from people you trust is worth a thousand reviews online. It’s a good place to start and will give you a few removalists to start looking into.
Look at Online Reviews
One thing you should do regardless of how you heard about the company is to check their online reviews. You want a company that’s got over 100 positive reviews and a star rating of 4/5 or higher.
Once you’ve found one with the right review coverage, look deeper. See what bad reviews they have and look for red flags. You want to avoid recurring issues and poor responses by the company.
Look For ‘Movers Near Me’
There are a lot of brokers and websites that can put you in touch with and hire movers for you. Most of the time, unless it’s a long-distance move you’re better off looking for a local moving service.
This helps avoid scams and ensures they’ll be able to send someone round to do the estimate. When you use a third-party broker, you can’t always guarantee anything about the mover.
Get an In-Home Estimate in Writing
You want to consider 3-4 different companies to find the best movers. Collect estimates from them so you can compare the service they offer and the price.
It might be easier to get an estimate over the phone, but it won’t be accurate as they haven’t seen your stuff. It’s also worth noting that local moves are usually estimated by weight. For long-distance, it’s weight and distance.
Check Their Federal Registration
Before you consider a company, look up their Department of Transportation (DOT number). Usually, this will be available on the company’s website. Using the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) search tool it’s easy.
This information will let you know their registration and insurance status. It will also show any complaint history they have against them. But note, movers that cover out-of-state moves need to have them, but local movers don’t.
Finding the Best Moving Company Made Simple
Finding the best moving company is vital for taking some stress out of the moving process. When you’re juggling new/old bills and setting up your new home you don’t want to worry about your stuff.
Researching and checking their reviews might take time but you’ll thank yourself later. It’s worth putting in the hard work first, so when you find a mover you know you can trust them to look after your move.
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