The titanic competition among moving companies, scams and the entire process of choosing a good moving company is stressful and especially if it’s your first time. The confusion and stress encountered can be done away with if only you can understand the basics of selecting a moving company.
Select a Moving Company Early
The earlier, the better whether you are moving a long or short distance, it is better if you can hire a moving company 5-8 weeks earlier. Never wait until the last minute for you to hire a moving provider. Choosing a moving company will help you to get good selection and quotes. If you wait until the last minute, you will find all good companies are all booked.
Early booking is a big plus because you’ll negotiate better deals. The internet is one good platform where you’ll find moving companies. Yellow pages are also another good source, but you can also seek from friends and family members for referrals. Make a list of several companies.
Get Quotes from Different Moving Companies
Contact those companies you’ve listed for quotes and compare them. Most companies provide an instant quote while others you fill a simple form, and the company provides you with an estimate of their quote. However, when requesting for a quote, a moving company will request for the following information.
• When do you plan to move?
• What is the distance are you moving short or long distance? If the distance is long then sought quotes from long moving distance companies.
• What do you need to move?
• Is the move intentional?
• Are you going to pack your stuff alone or you need help?
• Will you load and offload your belongings by yourself or you need help?
• How much insurance will you buy?
• Do you need help in moving your fragile items?
• Do you want to hire a moving vehicle or not?
Once you have compared the quotes, then you can initiate negotiations. Some companies charge hourly while others charge the items being moved.
Another basic factor that you have to consider is not just to rush and hire a company that has provided you with a minimum quote. Take a look at the services they provide. At times, it is better to pay a little extra for quality services. The company you choose make sure is a member of a moving association. Finally, ensure the company has an insurance cover in case of any damages, you are fully compensated.