Moving is a part of life for most of us. In years gone by, maybe your grandparents lived in the same house their whole lives, but that’s not common anymore. With our increasingly mobile lifestyles, most of us will move more than once, and sometimes that can include long distance and even international moves.
If you’re looking for professional movers to ease the burden of your next move, here are a few tips to get you started with your search:
1. Have they been in business for a long time?
Choose a company with a proven track record. A company with close ties to the communities they serve is generally a great choice. You’ll be trusting them with all of your possessions after all, so you want to be assured they know what they’re doing and they care about their clients. With years of experience, the movers may have a higher standard of care and be less likely to damage your belongings.
2. Do they provide the exact services and equipment you need?
Do you have specialty items that require a different level of care and attention to move? Maybe you have a grand piano or some other type of fragile or uncommon items, so don’t be afraid to ask if they have the skills necessary for moving them. Find out what training their staff undergo and what type of equipment they have available to assist with the move.
3. What guarantees do they provide with their services?
Do they guarantee their services? What is their process for resolving any issues or damages? Are they bonded and adequately insured? Ask these questions and make sure you fully understand the answers before you sign any contracts. Also, read every line of the contract for any hidden exclusions or exceptions because you don’t want to be caught off-guard on the other end of the move.
4. If you’re moving an office or commercial business, do they have the ability to do this?
Not every company does office or commercial moves. And with the sensitivity of computer equipment, confidential information and files, you need to be assured the movers can complete the move as needed. Downtime for your business means lost revenue, so expediting the move to make it happen quickly and efficiently is critical. If they can’t do it in your timeframe, find out why and look for alternatives.
5. Do they have storage facilities?
Sometimes you need to store your possessions between your moves. Maybe you have to be out of your old home but can’t get into your new home for a period of time. Using a mover who can store your belongings minimizes the inconvenience to the customer because they don’t have to make separate arrangements for storage.
Although it often is, moving doesn’t have to be a stress-inducing time. Using a mover who is qualified, trained and professional will minimize the anxiety often experienced during a move. Find the company that’s right for you and feel free to ask for references.