A new job, better schools, a fresh start – there are many reasons why someone might move, but it’s important to observe a number of moving tips to ensure the process goes smoothly. Every year, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) receives thousands of complaints regarding moving companies, and choosing the wrong service can cost someone a lot of money, or their precious belongings. But with some diligence and some thorough research, major complications can be avoided.
What are some of the most essential moving tips?
The hardest part is finding a reputable service that can be trusted with the job. If a homeowner can locate a trustworthy professional, then there is little to worry about, especially if that professional offers a full range of services. Here are some simple ways to find that reputable crew:
- Always request an in-home estimate and don’t trust a professional that won’t offer one. The only accurate estimate is an in-home estimate, as this allows the company to thoroughly evaluate the space and take note of everything that is to be handled. These estimates are much more detailed than estimates delivered over the phone or on the web, and they also give the company a chance to display their professionalism. If a service is not willing to provide an in-home estimate, that likely says something about their professionalism.
- Check the Better Business Bureau (BBB) before hiring any company. Checking with the BBB is an easy first step in verifying that a company is legitimate. Customer feedback is tracked for many years through the BBB and this can provide an indicator of the company’s reputation, either positive or negative.
- One of the most important moving tips is to investigate the company’s background as thoroughly as possible. The best way to do this is to request the company’s Department of Transportation (DOT) license number, which is required for any motor carrier. The DOT number can be used on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) website. This will give the homeowner a clear picture of the company’s insurance, the number of trucks it operates, its certifications and any recent infractions. This information can provide valuable insight into any company being considered.
- A full-service moving company can safely pack a house full of belongings and load them, ship anything that can’t be transported by truck, provide special crating for fragile or oddly shaped items, offer climate controlled storage when there is overflow, and set up furniture and unpack items at the new location, if the client chooses to utilize each of these services.
Armed with these moving tips, homeowners have little to fear when searching for a company, and can find the professional they need to make their moving experience stress and worry-free.