Moving can be an extremely stressful experience. Adding to the worry is the trust you have to keep on a moving company with all your possessions—and the scary stories only increase the nervousness about finding the right mover. However, there is a lot you can do to make your experience relatively pleasant and worry-free. The key to a stress-free moving day is to do your research in advance, so that when its time, there are absolutely no surprises.
Determine the distance you plan on moving.
If you’re relocating from California to Arizona, you should hire a company that has experience in commuting across state lines. But if you are only moving from one neighborhood to another, hire someone that caters to people in your city.
Look for recommendations
One of the best places to begin is to ask your friends or real estate agents for recommendations. You can also check the internet. A lot of companies have their own websites that do not just provide details about a company and its services, but also give away helpful moving tips.
Once you have short listed three to four companies, make appointments and have a representative come over and provide you with an estimate. It’s important that the company looks at your stuff before giving you an estimate; rule out a provider that refuses to see your possessions in advance and insists on offering you the final quote on the phone.
Questions to ask the movers for making the process easy
Here are a few things you should ask the company to make the process easier:-
- Is the company and the employees licensed, insured and bonded?
- What does their insurance cover?
- Are the people who will be moving your stuff contractors, day laborers or employees? (Full-time employees are always more honest, and experienced)
- How much experience does the company have?
- What will cost me extra?
If possible, visit the offices of the providers and check out their facilities. The trucks should be in good condition. You must also ask for references before leaving. There is no better person to give you the right information on a particular mover than the one who has previously used its services.
Identify and make a list of the things that need to be moved
When the company representatives arrive, take them through your house and make a list of things that you want moved, pointing out delicate items such as mirrors, fragile antiques, cutlery, etc. Make it clear what you want the professionals to handle and the things you will be handling yourself, such as dismantling beds or packing. Make sure you know the exact address of your new house, and any hindrances such as narrow hallways or stairs, and if there are any items that will be put in storage.
Within a couple of days, the company should be able to furnish you with a thorough written estimate, making a note of everything you discussed: old and new addresses, time and date of move, number of boxes, value and size of items, packing cost, special needs, and an estimation of how many movers and the time needed. Be wary of a company that asks for a big part of the cost up-front. The industry standard is to pay the full amount, upon completion of the task.