Top 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Picking a Moving Company
Moving somehow always becomes a stressful experience no matter how diligently you’ve organized and prepared. This becomes worse if you’ve chosen a substandard moving company and some of your items have gone missing or damaged. Unfortunately, it happens more often than you think. Getting your items replaced and returned is quite the process. Prevent having to go through this process by learning about some common mistakes people make when choosing a moving company.
Not Paying Attention to the Quote
Many people end up paying more than the expected when moving. Although it’s not always the customer’s fault, reading the quote in detail can help prevent miscommunications down to road. The moving industry rates change due to demand, with peak-season prices varying significantly according to how many movers are available. To ensure you are getting the best price, get multiple quotes so you can adequately compare companies. That being said, it’s important to note that price isn’t everything when it comes to movers. Considering movers will be in contact with some of your most valuable items, you also want a company that you trust. Inquire about any hidden fees to make sure that your quote is an accurate representation of the total cost.
Forgetting to Inquire About Insurance
A legitimate moving company will be both licensed and insured according to local state requirements. Generally speaking, moving companies offer two types of liability options:
- Full Value Protection: Your mover is responsible to provide the replacement value if items are lost or damaged.
- Released Value Protection: This is usually offered at no additional charge, with the mover assuming liability for no more than $0.60 per pound per article.
By asking your moving company about the insurance they offer, you are able to make an informed decision about the amount of risk you’re willing to take.
Making a Last-Minute Decision
You can’t always prevent moves being a last minute decision, but if possible, avoid hiring a mover at the last minute. Because of the time pressure, the amount of options you have for moving companies is significantly reduced, and you are left with a limited pool of dates and times. This is easily avoided by planning your move in advance as it gives you the time to research the right moving company for your needs.
Not Getting an On-Site Estimate
Getting an on-site estimate is critical to ensure your moving company’s quote is accurate. Although you will be able to give movers a rough idea of the amount of contents you have over the phone or online, it will be hard for them to provide an accurate quote without physically seeing the items and space. When your movers come for an on-site estimate, make sure to ask the right questions to determine if they are the right fit for you.
Some questions include:
- How long will the move take?
- Will my items be passed onto another party along the way?
- Do you have references?
- Are there restrictions on what I can pack?
- What are your accepted forms of payment?
Ignoring the Warning Signs of Fraud
If you’re in a rush or on a tight budget, it can be tempting to take risks in order to save money and time. Movers have access to your most valuable items, making the industry a frequent victim to fraud. Fraud includes stealing items, over-exaggerating weight, and misrepresenting information.
Some warning signs of fraud are:
- extremely low offers
- requests for large deposits or advance payments
- lack or reputable image, such as no professional website, reviews, or references
Ensure that your items are safe by trusting the international moving professionals at Nobel Relocation. We offer international, commercial, long distance, and local moving services. Visit our website to request an on-site estimate or give us a call at 1-800-971-6711!