Let’s face it, the extent of pleasure experienced over moving ranks up there with getting a root canal or listening to nails on a chalkboard. And when people are asked about some of the most stressful experiences of their lives, moving ranks pretty high up there.
So to lessen the anxiety, many individuals look into hiring a professional moving company.
But how do you know you can trust others to handle your precious possessions? Read on for five tips on what to look for in a moving company.
The Moving Company Comes Highly Recommended
And we’re not just talking on Google. If a moving company has a snazzy website and great marketing, that does not necessarily mean they are the right movers for you.
To get the most honest of appraisals, ask friends and family who they would recommend. They can tell you what they liked, what they disliked, and what hidden fees or unexpected surprises they experienced.
Fully Licensed and Insured
Do not EVER hire a moving company that does not have the proper licensing and insurance. Anyone can claim to be a mover with a truck and dolly in hand. And you do not want just anyone handling your possessions.
If you want to get more information on a particular company in Canada, look them up in Canada’s Business Registry. And when speaking to the company in question, request copies of their paperwork to make sure they are recent and up-to-date.
History of Experience
While you are in the middle of decluttering your home in preparation, there is another quality you need to look for in a moving company — experience. While some newer companies may be top-notch, more often than not it is the company with several years of experience that you want to hire.
Why? With experience comes knowledge — knowledge on proper packing procedures, what equipment is necessary for safe transportation, and what to do. This gives peace of mind knowing that your move is being handled by professionals.
Rates That Are Affordable
Once you have narrowed down your list of prospective moving companies, find out what their rates are. While the mantra, “You get what you paid for,” can ring true in this situation — in other words, the cheapest company may not always be the best — you also don’t want to hire one that will break the bank.
Ask them if their moving estimate includes any extra fees, and what those fees might be. If they balk at being transparent with their pricing, you may already have your answer.
The Right Fit For Your Move
Another great quality of a moving company is that they can customize your move to fit your needs.
Do they have crates and other sensitive packing materials to ensure the safe delivery of more delicate items? Do their abilities match your move, whether you are moving from a studio apartment or a large two-story house? Are they able to de-assemble and reassemble furniture?
Finding these things out ahead of time will help you in choosing the right company.
Trust Your Movers
If you follow these guidelines when hiring a moving company, you can’t go wrong. Select one that is right for your household, and, unlike the root canal, you will check ‘moving’ off your list with minimal stress and anxiety.
Are you in the market to hire a trustworthy mover in your area? Contact us today to get your free quote!