Hiring the right moving company can take a bit of research. But considering how stressful moving day can be, it is important to go through this process as meticulously as you can to select just the right company for you. And the right company doesn’t always mean the one with the lowest price. There are other factors aside from budgetary requirements that should constitute your process for finding the right moving company.
You want to make sure that the moving company you settle on is not just pocket friendly but also reputable and equipped to provide you with the best service. To make sure the moving company of your choice has all that, consider taking these steps;
- Hire a Local Moving Company
One of the ways to avoid getting scammed by an unscrupulous online moving company is to choose a local mover. Most local movers will have a presence online but it is important to ensure that they also have a local physical office you can visit. This may be the only way to judge their effectiveness.
- Get Proper Estimates
Most of us only think of the cost of moving when considering the moving company to choose. It is not a consideration that should be at the top of your list, but it is just as important. But you should take caution against choosing only the moving companies with the lowest price. They tend to have hidden charges that will surprise you later. You also want a company that will give you the most accurate estimate. To do that, they need to take into account every aspect of the job including all the things you require to be moved.
- Verify the Company’s Credentials
In your research you’ll also want to take the time to verify the moving company’s credentials. This means that the company you choose has to have the necessary licenses and adequate insurance. Insurance is particularly important since you don’t want to have things go wrong during the move and have no contingency plan.
It may also be prudent to ensure the moving companies on your shortlist are members of the British Association of Removers. A company with an affiliation to BAR will have met certain standards that will be beneficial to you as the final consumer.
- Beware of Large Deposit Requirements
While it is not uncommon for a moving company to require you to make a deposit, you should avoid companies that require a deposit of more than 20% of the total cost of the job. If you can, choose the company that will not require any payment until the job is done. This is to protect yourself from fraudulent movers who will ask you pay in advance and then take their time delivering your goods.
If in doubt, put the deposit amount on your credit card. This will make it easier to contest the payment should you run into problems with the company of your choice.