The whole process of relocating is hard enough without worrying about transporting your stuff from where you are to where you will be going to. So why do you have to add stress to your already anxious situation. The best solution to reduce the amount of pressure would be to hire professional movers to help you with your relocation. However, I don’t want to add more tension but there are several moving companies that scam people out there so caution should be undertaken before hiring a mover.
One of the reasons why the number of scammers seems to increase is due to the popularity of the internet as a means to get movers. The convenience of getting movers online has resulted to the rise of unscrupulous individuals taking advantage of people in search of professional movers. But how can one distinguish a scammer from a legitimate one? There are a couple tips that you can use to make sure that you will be hiring only a legitimate business.
To choose a mover, you can start with relying on referrals from friends and family. You can also ask business contacts or business associates for recommendations to expand your choices. By getting referrals, you can also picture who the more reliable ones based on your friends’ recommendations. After listing the referrals go to your phonebook and list down the names of movers who appear to be reputable.
List down those that have offices in your area since it would be easier to check them out if necessary. The next step would be to call the companies in your list and get their addresses and other contact information as well as their license numbers. With those license numbers you then search the internet for information like un-renewed license, complaints, etc.
With a cross checked list, you can now narrow down your prospect movers. With your selected list, ask for estimates. Estimates should be done on-site and should be free of charge. Companies that make estimates over the phone are not that reliable and should be crossed out from your list. You have to make sure the movers know exactly what they will be transporting. This means not hiding anything from them. When an on-site inspection is conducted show them honestly which ones are going to be moved.
A good mover also provides a good valuation option just incase your things got loss or got damaged during the process of being transported. The liabilities of the mover for loss or damage items are dependent on the tariffs, federal laws and other regulations.
If you find someone offering a relatively low quote, be wary of their services. You get what you pay as they say. If you prefer a very low priced estimate, you might get a very poor services which can result to more damages to your possessions. I would prefer investing a little bit of my money on quality service. In the end you might pay more on repairs.
Hiring a professional is always advisable when relocating. It is important that you check the credibility of the moving company first before deciding to ensure that your money and possessions won’t be wasted and get damaged respectively. It may take a bit of your time to research these moving companies but being careful is still a lot better than having to cope with the results of carelessness later on