Top 4 Mistakes To Avoid When Hiring Movers
Choosing a great moving company in your area can be difficult. Proper preparation prevents poor MOVES. Avoid these common mistakes that you want to avoid when preparing for your move,
1. Not Getting an Estimate in Writing
No matter how big or small your move, you should always get an estimate from movers in writing. Whether it is in person or sent to you through email, always have it in writing. Make sure that it clearly states the cost for your move as well as all the services included for that price and just as important all the services that are NOT included in that price.
2. Not Giving the Movers a Complete Inventory of What you are Moving
For a moving company to give you an accurate estimate, they will. need an inventory of items that you will be moving along with additional services you may need. With modern technology, movers can take your inventory over the phone and enter it into estimating software or they can send someone to your home for a visual, more accurate, estimate. Either way, make sure that they know about everything that you are moving so they can send someone to your home for a visual estimate. Either way, make sure that they know about everything that you are moving so they can give you an accurate price.
3. Choosing the Least Expensive Mover
Shopping for service is much different than shopping for a product. When shopping for the same product (cars, clothes, electronics, etc.) it is easy to compare prices at different stores. But when shopping for a service like movers, it is not apples to apples. The level of training and professionalism varies across different levels of companies which is one of the most things to consider when comparing the price of movers. Choosing the least expensive mover could end up costing you much more than you anticipated (sometimes with hidden fees and others with extensive damage to your belongings. Always pick a company that you feel comfortable with, not necessarily the lowest price. Follow your guy and save yourself an unneeded headache.
4. Not Asking About Extra Charges
Unfortunately, some moving companies will not tell you about certain charges unless you ask (which of course is a red flag). You should ask if your estimate includes fuel, travel time, insurance, stairs, and/or elevators and packing. All these items SHOULD be listed on your estimate that is in writing, but they are not, be sure to ask them about it.