If you are getting ready to relocate, chances are you are going to need the services of a moving company. Choosing a reputable moving company can be a daunting task, so how do you make it a little easier on yourself? We’ve put together a quick guide to reputable moving companies. This guide can be used for both residential and commercial office moves.
It is very important that you remember to get more than one estimate before locking down a moving company. Choosing the first moving company that you come across simply won’t do – it could spell trouble later on down the road. It is advisable to get at least three different estimates.
As you meet with the movers before your relocation, don’t be afraid to ask questions about the difference in pricing between each estimate. Some reasons for differences in pricing may include insurance coverage, services, and the value of your possessions. And remember, it isn’t a good idea to accept a quote based on cubic feet. For local residential moves and commercial office moves you will likely get a “time and materials” estimate from a reputable mover. Many local and state governments regulate movers and pricing terms. For long distance relocations it is best to get a price based on weight of your goods, not cubic feet.
A reputable moving company will never ask you to sign blank paperwork and can usually provide binding estimates. They are also required to provide you with the “Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move” booklet. With this basic information they should also provide their full company name, how long they have been in business, their DOT and MIC license numbers, and references. This booklet is required under Federal Law and if you aren’t given one for any long distance move you should probably not use that mover.
– Lance Grooms