Things To Consider When Hiring A Moving Company
Moving home is well known for being one of the most stressful situations in life. Provided you do sufficient research, employing a great moving company can minimize that stress, and take a lot of the pressure and worry off your shoulders. The key is finding a good moving company, if you follow the tips contained within this article, should be a relatively simple process.
- Complete Full And Proper Research On At Least Five Separate Companies
When you are moving home, and employing a moving company, you are entrusting them with your most precious possessions, regarding value, and sentiment. You need to be one hundred percent certain that the company you choose is reliable, trustworthy, and will treat your possessions with the utmost care. Both parties need to know what is expected, for example, who is responsible for packing your valuables? If any of your belongings do get broken what is the procedure for replacing it?
Research online and read the comments that previous customers have made, and if the same issues or complaints are repeatedly made, then avoid that company. Check a minimum of five separate companies both for price and reputation, as this will minimize the risk of making a bad choice.
- Insist On A Telephone Interview While it is important to do a face to face interview before making your final choice, you can shortlist the final three by completing a telephone interview before as your next step. Sometimes the telephone interview is a great tool, as businesses are not necessarily prepared for that process, so you tend to get a more realistic impression of what the company is like. Have a list of pre-prepared questions that you ask all applicants so that you can compare apples with apples. This could be rates, discounts or even an all in one price. Also, this might sound silly, but check their availability on the day in question.
- Make Sure You Understand the Quote
This is linked to the point above, but not all moving estimates are made equal. Some will charge you by distance, some by time, but the real gotcha can be services that are not included. So, for example, one company might include moving boxes, wrapping and moving materials in the price, another may not, so when you get the final bill, it could be a lot more expensive than the quotation. If you haven’t read the details properly and have signed the agreement, then you are liable. So take your time and ensure you know the ins and outs of any agreement you sign, the cheapest price quoted might not be the best overall deal.
As with any process that involves employing skilled labor, you need to take your time, do your research, and make sure you have a basic understanding of the pricing system. There are many excellent moving companies, and your part of the deal is to find the best one for your situation.
Don’t rush the process, moving home is stressful enough without getting this aspect of it wrong.
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