If you’re looking to reduce some of the burden of moving, hiring movers to help is a great way to go. While you’re going to pay more to use movers than you would to rent a truck and haul your belongings yourself, they’re often able to move your items more quickly and safely. Unfortunately, as with many businesses, there is the potential of being scammed and taken for a lot of money. In this day and age, it’s not difficult to start a business, and when you move, you are fully entrusting this business with your personal belongings.To lessen the stress that comes with moving, here are the top things to be aware of when you hire a moving company.
1. Big Deposit Required
Most moving companies will not require you to pay a deposit for moving. However, if they do, it should be minimal. You can safeguard yourself by refusing to pay the deposit in cash, so there is a record of the payment with your bank and credit card company.
When you call the moving company, they should answer by stating the name of their company and ask how they can help you. Companies that respond with just the service they offer should be avoided. In addition, you want to make sure they request to visit your house before giving you an estimate. While you may want a rough idea of what it will cost at the beginning, they should want to see the house prior to giving you a solid estimate. They will need to look at the number of large or fragile items you need to be moved, as well as take into account the weight of the furniture. Be prepared to answer questions regarding the purge before the move. Your ideal moving company will want to know if you are planning to have a sale or donate anything that is currently in your house before you move.
3. Multiple Name Changes
A company that constantly changes their name should be avoided. If you do some research and discover that a name change occurs shortly after a merger, then you are likely safe. However, companies that are running from the Better Business Bureau will change their names and contact information. To be on the safe side, always ask for references and then follow up by contacting them.
4. Guarantees without Proof
If you receive a guarantee from a moving company, you will want to make sure that they show the proof of insurance. Every reputable company will be licensed with the government and required to carry insurance on the items they transport. Many companies also will try to relieve the stress of moving by carrying protection that will cover the full replacement value of your belongings. If they guarantee the safety of your possessions, you need to ask what happens if something is broken or lost. They should tell you that they will either pay to have the item repaired, or offer you a settlement so you can purchase another item.
In all, it pays to remember that the lowest price does not always means it is the best deal, especially when choosing movers. You want to make sure they answer their phones with their company name, they show up in labeled moving vehicles and they offer you plenty of documentation.