Saturday, July 23, 2011
What To Avoid When Choosing a Moving Company
Hiring a moving company for your move is almost necessary once you amass a large amount of possessions, or if you're moving over long distances. It makes the move much easier on you, they have workers experienced in moving large pieces of furniture successfully, and they also have large enough trucks to move everything.
But what do you do when a move goes wrong? There are a number of problems that could turn up with the movers, including:
* Items getting broken despite precautions
* The movers not showing up on the day you MUST move
* Vehicle trouble while moving
* Overcharging from what you thought you owed them
* Signing a contract that you didn't understand
How can you keep yourself safe during your furniture moving? You can do so by being proactive during all steps of the hiring and moving process.
How To Choose the Right Company?
When you are initially investigating a transport company, look for as many outside references as you can. Go on Yelp and see what other people have to say about the company. Ask your friends, family, or neighbors if they have used any moving companies in the past, and ask what their experience was working with them. There are a number of websites specifically based around ratings on moving companies. Only look at the companies that have the best reviews. They may cost a little more, but in this initial stage, price is a lower concern.
Ask the company for references, and ask for a lot of them. In particular, ask if they have any older reviews, something from a few years ago. If the company has been supplying quality moving for multiple years, then there's good reason to believe that they will do a good job with you too. Also, check the Better Business Bureau and see if they have any complaints set against them.
What to Keep in Mind with the Moving Contract?
Once you have gotten a few quotes and decided on the company you want to use, get the contract from them and read it thoroughly. If there is anything in the contract that you are unsure of or don't agree with, don't sign the contract! Remember, you are agreeing to everything that's written there, and if something happens and the contract says it's not covered by the company, then you are stuck.
Look for phrases that aren't obviously clear. They may have a clause that says they are not responsible for 'undeliverable' items. That word, if it shows up, is a red flag. What does that even mean? Get it clarified, or better yet, removed from the contract entirely. This is another point where the research you did should reveal any problems the company may have with a picky contract.
Using a reputable company with plenty of 5 star reviews is going to be your best asset when moving. This is not something that you're going to want to try to save money on. Paying for quality when moving all of your possessions from one place to the next is a smart idea, one that will help you avoid big problems.