Moving can be a stressful and sometimes overwhelming process. Whether you’re relocating to elsewhere in Boston or moving across the country, there are a lot of variables to keep track of. Hiring the right moving company goes a long way to making this process a lot more manageable. In today’s blog post I’m going to go over how you can select the best moving company for you and your needs.
Finding Companies to Start With: It’s important to shop around in order to find the moving company that is right for you and your budget. So it is important to select several to investigate from the start. Try looking up a moving company’s standing on websites like Yelp, Facebook, Friends and Family or Angie’s List. Keep in mind many will have a couple negative reviews, but the vast majority should be positive. It’s also important to note how companies respond to positive and negative reviews. A company that doesn’t respond to negative reviews to explain the situation may not be a good candidate.
Make Sure Their Licensing is in Order: The first thing you will want to research is the firm’s legal status and licensure. Any moving company can claim that they are licensed and bonded, but it is very important to do your homework to confirm the facts before to hiring anyone. Companies that operate locally will be governed by The Department of Transportation whereas The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration provide permits to interstate moving companies.
Additional Services: Once you have confirmed the reputation and licensure, you will then want to be sure that the firm offers the services that you are in need of. For example, do you need your home professionally cleaned after the move or might you need temporary or long term storage? Research all of these offerings before making your final selection.
Warning Signs: Not all movers who are “in business” are legitimate or have a good reputation. If you are unable to locate a physical location for the company then that is a bad sign. Other red flags include not being able to receive a written estimate after the home visit or obtaining either a drastically low or high quote for the move. Any of these may mean that you will want to find another company.
In the end, the more homework that you do for researching a mover, the better chance you will have for a positive experience on moving day.