How to Choose a Moving Company
There are often dozens and sometimes hundreds of movers that can serve a local region or area. So, the options in choosing a professional moving company can seem endless. It is vital to not only consider the financial cost of moving, but also other factors such as experience and reputation when making your decision. At Berger Allied Moving & Storage, we have your moving needs covered, whether residential, commercial, local, or long distance.
The trustworthiness and legitimacy of a moving company is not based on whether it has an ad in the phonebook or online. Word-of-mouth from family, friends, or coworkers, or even local real estate agents can be a good way to ultimately find a company you can trust to move your items efficiently and with care for a reasonable price.
Develop a list of some prospective movers and contact them for quotes. Find out how many years they have been in business. Obtain any references from a professional relocations moving company. Get the company’s MC and DOT license numbers and use these to find the company on https://safer.fmcsa.dot.gov, which is a website of the FMCSA where you can learn about a company’s licensing, safety info, and if it has received any orders to stop its operations.
When obtaining quotes, companies may want to visit your home or business to assess the job requirements and provide a written cost estimate. If you are relocating across state lines, the cost will be based on the weight of your items to be moved and other factors. Having an in-person representative at your location evaluate the job will help ensure a more accurate quote.
Watch out for “low ball” moving estimates. You may be getting a mover that provides substandard service or intends to raise the price later on in the process.
Experience and Reputation
The reputation and experience of a professional moving company are two important factors to consider. It is better to spend more on a quality mover with a strong reputation for exceptional results and attentive customer service than a low quality mover that doesn’t meet expectations.
As you review estimates, make sure you understand what you are getting for the price. Ask the mover any questions you need to in order to understand the estimate properly.