Everyone knows that moving can be very stressful and tedious. There is so much planning that needs to be done. At the top of your to-do list is probably finding the right moving company, but it is hard to know what company to choose. Below is a list of five questions you should ask any moving company before you hire them.
1. Request References And Quotes
Finding the right movers is very important because you are trusting them with all your belongings. Be sure you do a fair amount of research on any company before you make your final decision. It is highly recommended that you ask the moving companies for references from former clients. In addition, you can also check reviews of the movers online. Also, request a quote on how much your move will cost, this way you won’t be surprised by any hidden fees. Reputable moving companies will do a survey of your belongings (either in person or through video chat) to ensure you are getting a fair quote.
2. Ask If The Company is Licensed and Insured
You want to make sure that you are hiring a moving company that is licensed by the state. This license would have been issued to the moving company by the United States Department of Transportation. Also, inquire about their insurance, you don’t want to hire a company that is not licensed or insured. A moving company that has a state license and proper insurance must follow state regulations, which can give you peace of mind that the company is on the level.
3. Does the Company Offer Special Services?
Perhaps you need specialized services, like moving to a high-rise apartment or a townhome with a lot of stairs. Maybe your new home has small doorways, and are concerned about how to get the furniture in the house. Ask the movers if they can troubleshoot such issues beforehand. You want to make sure that the movers are prepared for steep steps, or parking restrictions like parking in a big city. Maybe you have a big, heavy item that needs to be moved, like a pool table or gym equipment. Find out if the movers are prepared for this service. You also want to ask about how much they charge for special services because some companies will charge a bit more for them.
4. Ask if the Company Will Perform an Inventory of Your Belongings
This topic was mentioned briefly on the first question because a survey of your stuff helps the moving company give an accurate quote. However, an inventory or in-home estimate helps you keep track of all of your belongings. This will help you plan a more organized move. It is recommended that you contact a few companies for an in-home estimate before you decide which company to hire. This allows you to comparison shop for the best quote.
5. Does the Company Offer Coverage if Something is Broken?
Just in case any personal items are broken during your move, be sure to ask about the companies coverage. Some moving companies offer an optional protection plan that serves top replace damaged items. Yes, this will cost you more, but it makes sense to protect your belongings just in case. After the move, inspect your items carefully. Also, make sure the movers didn’t do any damage to walls or doorways. If something was broken report it to the moving company as soon as possible. Take pictures or save damaged items and give those to the company to ensure they get fixed or replaced.
Making The Right Choice When It Comes To Selecting A Moving Company
At Moving Day Inc, located in Colorado Springs, we would like to be your whole home moving company. We are happy to answer any of the questions above. We take great pride in moving households, across town or across the state of Colorado. For a competitive quote, call us today!