Imagine you get all your stuff packed up in a moving truck and the movers hold your stuff hostage. That’s right, the movers have got your things and they are refusing to give you your stuff back unless you pay them more money. That is more money than you originally agreed to. Worse yet imagine you hire movers that don’t know what they are doing. They damage your property and break your things. Fortunately, there are ways that you can avoid these things from happening to you.
First things first, you need to do your homework. Do some research online to find out which moving companies do the best work. Ask friends and family members if they have any recommendations or warnings. They may have used a company in the past that they have had a good or bad experience with.
Check with consumer protection agencies. Once you narrow down your choices check with agencies like the Better Business Bureau. If they have a good rating with the Better Business Bureau, chances are good they will be reputable. A good rating means they have no complaints or they have resolved any complaints that have been filed against them.
If you are moving to another state the charges are based on the weight of the items being moved. They also charge for packing and other services. Get two or three estimates way before you move. You may even want to have the companies you are considering come out to your home to give you a more accurate estimate. Ask if their estimates are binding or non-binding. Do not accept an estimate over the phone, it will not be accurate.
Make sure the mover is well-aware of all the things that need to be moved. The cost will increase if you add anything at the last minute. You should also make sure they are aware of any special circumstances. Furniture that is hard to move or if the parking is difficult at either your new or existing place. You may be charged extra if the movers have to walk a good amount of distance to move your belongings.
Make sure the moving company you hire has insurance. If they damage your belongings or lose your stuff you can have them replace it. If they don’t have insurance, you will have no recourse in getting your belongings replaced. With insurance you are protected from damage, theft and car accidents.