Hiring the Right Team
Do you need to get an Estimate?
You would not put a new roof on your home without comparing estimates, you should apply the same concept in moving, where estimates are just as important.
You want to make sure your estimator does a thorough walk through of your home to determine the bulk of your move. When you are walking through with the estimator ensure you point out all storage spaces, cupboards, garages and or crawl spaces and that inventory of all your belongings are noted.
After taking inventory of your home be prepared to answer the following questions:
1.What day you would like to move?
2.What time of day you would like to move?
3.How far will you be moving our belongings?
4.Do you have any special request for the movers? Ex. boxes, bed and couch covers.
These questions are typically asked over the phone when you book your in-home estimate, however its always a good idea to discuss at the time of your estimate.
Things an Estimator will answer when determining your price?
•How many men it will take to move your belongings?
•Best transportation options to complete your move?
•Will there be any assembly or dis-assembly of any furniture?
•Are there any stairs, elevators or long walk ways?
•Are there any specialty items involved in your move? (pianos, pool tables, safes etc…)
A reputable moving company will take inventory of all your belongings. An estimator who performs a quick walk-through without noting what you plan to move is going to be off the mark. A good estimator will ask questions about what you plan to transport between residences, be prepared to tell the estimator which items you do not want on the truck. Makw sure to seperate the items you plan to give away, donate to a charity, sell in a yard sale, or leave behind for the new owners.
Should you pay a deposit before your move?
Some moving companies will ask for a deposit before moving. Moving companies that require deposits usually do so to avoid customer cancellations, in which companies like to assess a penalty and ensure they are the company you go with. Deposits are typically associated with booking/administration fees and are normally built into the price which are usually non-refundable. If you decide to pay a deposit to your movers it should not exceed a small portion of your estimated cost and should never be an extra cost.
Do your selected movers have references?
Hiring a mover is just that a hiring process and getting an estimate is only the first step of the interview process. Every mover you interview should come with a list of references and should be able to provide upon request.
Most of us have friends or family who may have mover recommendations, if not you can get a list of reliable movers from an internet search or movers associations.
Ask any mover you speak with for references. Tell them you want a list of three customers from your area who have moved in the past three months. Call those customers and ask direct questions about their experiences.
Key questions to ask:
•Did the movers show up on time?
•Were there any hidden fees?
•Did they have a professional appearance?
•Did they treat your belongings with respect?
•How well did they utilize their time?
Using an internet search to find movers in your area does not always ensure quality. With technology and social media where it is today a good tip for pre-screening movers is to use your social media outlets. Often you can get a good feel for who you are selecting if they have a social media platform.