While house moving can be quite exciting; the planning, packing, and actual relocation is often very expensive and stressful. Hiring the wrong mover will only make this process worse for you as you may have to deal with the stress of having to fork out an additional amount, delayed deliveries, or even damaged and broken items. It is therefore very important to find a reliable moving company to ensure that your house moving process is as affordable and as stress-free as possible.
The balance is in finding a reliable professional mover to facilitate your relocation process. If you are planning to relocate, below is a guide and checklist that you can use to ensure that you end up with the right house mover.
You can begin with a Google search
A simple Google search on house moving companies in your locality is bound to give you a list of the companies listed as such in your state. Of course this is a broad list and you might want to narrow it down to at least three that you like in order to make this process easier.
You can then check these companies against the Better Business Bureau’ reviews to ensure that they are listed and that they are indeed reputable. You should also check all the online reviews of these movers’ websites. It is common to find complaints from past clients. This should not be an issue if indeed all the complaints were sufficiently addressed and solved by the company. Any major complaints however should make you wary.
Visit the physical Premises of the house moving companies
There are brokers who only get jobs and pass them on to contractors. If you deal with such people, you will certainly have problems. Sometimes, these contractors may not even be fully licensed or insured to operate legally.
Ensure that you visit the premises of the house moving companies you are considering in order to ensure that they are the actual people you will be dealing with. You can also ask to see their license and see their facilities.
Ensure that the house moving company is licensed and also Reputable
Are you moving within your state or to another state? If you are moving within your state, ensure that the house moving company you choose is certified and licensed to operate in your state. If you are moving to another state, make sure that the mover you choose is listed with the American Movers and Storage Association (AMSA). This way, you can be sure that they have passed through all the background checks and that they follow the codes of ethics required.
Find the best price
Moving is expensive but even as you strive to find an affordable mover, ensure that you do so without making too many compromises to avoid creating more problems for yourself. Try to move mid-week, mid-month or generally on the months when movers are less busy. This way, you will get considerably lower quotes.
Get an Insurance Cover
Most moving companies will only cover your items up to 16 to 20 cents per pound. If you are moving your entire house or any big move, you may need to get an insurance cover for your move