Moving is a major decision that affects not only your budget but also your peace of mind. It is essential to select a moving company that can make your move comfortable, easy and secure whether you are moving locally, nationally or internationally.
When hiring a moving company here are three questions which will help you make an informed decision.
History and reputation of moving company
Determine how long the company has been in business. If the company has only a few years of experience, a more thorough check of the company is recommended.
You can also ask a moving company you are considering to provide you with some proof of good service. The mover’s readiness to provide references is a sign of their reliability and professionalism. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) and the American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA) are organizations that can also provide extra insight into a moving company’s reputation. Internet sites such as Angie’s List, Yelp and Google Plus can also provide helpful information.
Valuation coverage and hidden costs
Moving companies cannot sell you insurance. Instead moving companies offer valuation which is similar to but not exactly the same as insurance. A limited amount of coverage is included in the cost of the move but does not protect you in the event of major damage. Extra coverage is available at additional cost. Always ask the moving company you are considering to explain the various options available and exactly what each option covers.
Reputable moving companies such as United Van Lines, Mayflower Transit and the various agents associated with these companies, typically offer to provide customers with a written estimate that includes a guaranteed price. The guaranteed price should specify what is included but it is always a good idea to ask about possible hidden or unforeseen charges. Responsible moving companies do not offer guaranteed prices by phone. If the company you are considering claims to be providing you with a guaranteed price without first providing you with an in-home survey, that company should not be trusted. If you are moving long-distance or if your local move is sizeable, it is always best to obtain a quote in writing.
If the moving company you are considering asks for a deposit up front, this should be seen as a red flag. Reputable moving companies expect payment only at the time of delivery. One exception is if you are paying by credit card as your card generally will be charged on the day your belongings are loaded on the moving van – but not before.
Handling of special items
Most people planning to move have some delicate items that need special attention and care during the move. When planning a move you should ask the moving company you are considering how special items such as flat screen TVs, glass furniture, pianos, mattresses and antiques will be handled. You can judge from the answers how experienced the company is with relocating these valuable belongings.
Golden Eagle Moving Services is fully prepared to answer your questions and provide you with a very successful moving experience. We want to transform the complicated moving process for you so you can sit back and relax – knowing that your relocation is being handled by industry experts.