Hello, and welcome back to GoMovers.com's ecourse on packing and moving. We hope you've enjoyed the course so far, and that if you have any more questions about packing, moving, storage or how to pick the moving company that's right for you, you'll visit our website and pick up a copy of our ebook on moving.
Speaking of picking the right moving company, that happens to be the subject of today's lesson. You probably already know that cheaper does not mean better when it comes to entrusting someone to more your possessions, even if you're just moving across town.
Getting information about moving companies doesn’t have to be a difficult process. In fact, at GoMovers.com we make it really easy to get free moving estimates from movers in your area. Even if you're moving internationally, we can get you quotes from movers who can help.
Once you have the estimates, you'll want to talk to a few of the moving companies to gather more information and make your final decision. First, make sure they are licensed. Check with your state department of consumer affairs and the Better Business Bureau to make sure the company does not have any complaints filed against them. Then when you go to talk to them, a few things are essential:
- Check to see their references
- Get a detailed list of terms and details of their insurance
- Check for any additional charges
- Are the movers in shape and look like they can handle the job? You won’t want some scrawny kid or old guy with a heart condition moving your 300 pound entertainment center!
- Find out if the mover is a member of the American Moving and Storage Association. These movers belong to an elite group of professional movers that are committed to high level of service and basically go the extra mile for you.
You might also want to find out what the company's policy is for dealing with problems, how you can keep track of progress when your items are in transit (especially important for cross-country moves) and how and when they expect to be paid.
A lot of what goes into choosing a moving company is instinct. Pay attention to how the people you talk to treat you. If they don't seem interested in helping you or are careless with details, that might tell you something about how they will deal with your belongings.
Once you've picked a mover and packed all that you want to take with you, it's time to consider moving insurance, what it is and why you might want it. We'll cover that next time.
In the meantime, head over to GoMovers.com and get some bids for your move. You'll be glad you did.