Every year, 35.1 million Americans move to a new home. Hiring a moving company is not always at the top of everyone’s to-do list, though the cost of hiring professional movers can often be well-worth the time and trouble it can save you. It’s not always easy figuring out how to choose the right moving service. With the moving industry bringing in nearly $13 billion every year, and the accessibility of the internet, there is no short supply of professional movers you can choose from. Here are some helpful tips for hiring a moving company.
1. Ask Around!
Find out from friends or family you know who may have moved recently whether or not they used professional movers. What was their experience with the company like? Would they recommend them? A great way to find a quality moving company is to find out what worked for people you know!
2. Compare Costs
Many moving companies will have additional costs for having to carry items up staircases or elevators, or in other difficult to traverse areas. Some less-trustworthy companies will charge you a deposit due before your items are delivered, but you should be able to find a quality moving company where you pay upon delivery instead. When searching for a company to hire, ask them about their policy regarding these fees and compare between multiple companies to find out what will be most cost-effective for you.
3. Get an Estimate
What you will be charged for your move depends greatly on the weight of your items and how they’ll all fit in the truck. Make sure to hire professional movers that will perform an estimate for you before the move. You’ll be able to know about how much the move will cost rather than be surprised with a last-minute bill that’s way bigger than you expected. Do be aware that there are several types of estimates that are given, and it won’t always be exact. If you can, talk to your movers and see if you can settle on a binding price beforehand.
4. Pack Your Belongings
Though you can hire moving companies that will pack up all your things for you, the cost can be outrageous, as well as the risk to your items should something happen. If you are able, pack whatever you can into boxes yourself before the big move.
5. Put It In Writing
Before the day of the move, make sure you have a contract signed with a list of all your items, estimate of costs and potential fees as well as your pick-up and delivery dates. If something does go wrong or gets lost in the move, you’ll need proof of inventory and your agreement with the moving company in order to file any claims for lost or damaged items.
Have you hired professional movers before? How was your experience? Let us know in the comments below!