How to Choose a Professional Mover
All set for a new life in a new home? Then you’ll have to learn how to select a mover–and not just any guy who has a van, but someone you can actually trust. After all, these people are going to handle your prized possessions. Here are tips to help you choose a trustworthy mover:
License and Insurance
Any mover operating within your state should have a state license and be eager to show you a copy. Those that move out of state should have unique license number issued by the United States Department of Transportation.
Another thing you have to check is whether your potential mover has adequate and up-to-date insurance coverage. Don’t even entertain a mover that is unlicensed or uninsured. You want them to be responsible for any damages on your stuff while it’s in their care. Besides, they won’t get a license they’re insured. Don’t gamble with uninsured and unlicensed folks who think they are expert movers, never mind if it’s nothing more than a side job to them.
Check out moving reviews online.
One good way of narrowing down your options is to read Internet reviews and get a feel of whether their past clients have been happy with their service. Don’t simply focus on the ‘star rating’ – look at how many reviews a mover has too. If the good ones are far more than the bad, you can safely conclude that they’re reputable. Other Internet tools can be useful too, such as Angie’s List or Thumbtack. And don’t forget the good old classic standard – the Better Business Bureau.
Invite them to your phone to provide you a quote.
While an “over the phone” estimate sounds convenient, it can also be a red flag. A real person should come to inspect at your belongings in real life. Unsurprisingly, people typically are not good at estimating the amount of stuff they have. Telling– rather than showing–a mover you have a three-bedroom abode doesn’t indicate in particular whether those rooms have little or grill-to-grill furnishing. If they insist on giving you an estimate without seeing your stuff, it may be a sign that they don’t have the experience you want.
Don’t pick a mover because they’re cheap.
As you check out different movers, you’ll find that their prices can vary widely. As with most other things in life, you get what you pay for. To make sure your belongings are safe in transit, pick a company with the proper equipment, packing materials, and knowledge. Even if a company seems outside your budget at first, there’s usually room to negotiate.