Are you moving soon? Know you need a local moving company, but not sure which one will give you the best bang for your buck?
With so many local moving companies out there, it can be hard to tell which ones are worth your business. That’s why we’re here! In this article, we’re covering the ins-and-outs of hiring a local moving company, so you can make your move as stress-free as possible.
Start with Referrals
Looking for moving companies on your own can be daunting. That’s why we recommend you start off your search by asking friends and family members for moving recommendations. They’ll be quick to tell you which companies good, and which ones you are should totally avoid.
Additionally, if you’re using a real estate agent, they’ll probably have ideas for who you should work with.
Ask for Estimates from the Local Moving Company
Don’t just go with the first local moving company you contact. If you do, you may end up paying more for the service than you should be. Instead, ask for around three estimates to confirm you’re being charged a fair and honest price for the moving work, and ask any questions you’d need to feel comfortable picking a service. Be smart about how you view those estimates, you may not always want to go with the cheapest estimate.
If you haven’t been able to get referrals and are struggling to choose between two similarly priced moving options, read reviews. This will give you a better sense of their strengths and shortcomings as a company and could help you narrow down your options.
Figure All Costs Upfront
When reviewing a moving company, make sure that all of their estimates and fees are listed upfront. And be wary of extra fees that may apply to your situation like if the mover has to carry your belongings up multiple sets of stairs.
In general, it’s best practice to have the moving company to take inventory of all your belongings upfront. That’s because their price should be based on the weight of your belongings and space it takes up in their truck.
A great moving company will perform a walkthrough and ask questions that help them determine how expensive your move will be. If they don’t, you’re likely to pay a lot more in the long run.
Avoid Red Flags
There are a ton of local moving companies, which means not all of them are as reputable or legitimate as they claim to be. The last thing you want is to be swindled by a shady company.
Not sure which kind of red flags you should look for?
Watch out for companies that operate with out a contract. If the compnay doesn’t use a contract, there is no legal agreement and if things go wrong, it will be a difficult situation to navigate.
Make sure that the company is fully insured. Accidents can happen, and if they do, you’ll be glad you hired a reputable moving company that is insured.
Ready to Make a Move?
Moving to a new place can be stressful—the process shouldn’t be though. By following the tips in this article, you can find a local moving company that will make your move as easy and stress-free as possible at an affordable price.
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