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Moving to a new home is exciting choosing a moving company is not.
You will get to meet new people and live to a new environment. However, you should be prepared for the tiring part. You will need to pack your clothes, furniture, books, kitchenware and electronic items. You will need to find a reliable moving company to ensure that all your items will not only be moved but, moved safely and on time. Here are ways and tips on how to choose a moving company that you can fully trust.
First, start searching for moving companies a month or two before the actual moving date. It may seem very early but you will find that it is just enough. Looking for a moving company a day or a week before the moving day may cause you problems such as insufficient time for packing or having all the companies booked on your desired date. Contracting a moving company in October for a move in November or December will not hurt you, will it? After all, most companies will not ask for extra fee for early booking. In addition, you may want to ask for recommendations from your relatives, friends and neighbors. You can also take a walk or go to a café near a street to spot some trucks of moving companies. The fact that a company has its own truck and that it is running on a particular day can be considered a sign of the company’s seriousness in the business. Better yet, search the internet for reputable moving companies.
Second, decide on the service that you will avail from the moving company.
Will the service be a mere move or will you need the company to pack some of your things and clean the old or new home? Some companies do extra services for extra fee while some others provide them for free just to be chosen over their competitors. Some will even offer reusable plastic moving bins for free. However, you should be cautious about hidden charges.
Third, contact several moving companies. Always request for an estimate from several companies for the same service. Clarify the type of move you need. Will you be moving from one city in the same state, province or region? Some companies are limited to local or across the country moves. Obviously, you need to cross them out if you need to move from Canada to US. Some companies also specialize on residential move or commercial move. Others do both.
Fourth, do not be satisfied to “we can do that” answers. Take time to evaluate the moving company that you think will be a good choice. Look for associations and networks it belongs to and feedback from past clients.
Fifth, quotes are not enough. You need to determine how they determine the rates. Some companies calculate based on weight while others will base it on the duration of the move. Fees based on the truck space or cubic feet your things will take are not valid in most countries. If the moving company uses weight as basis, make sure that you will be there when it is weighing time. If based on time or duration, ask the company when the time starts and stops. The counting may start when the team arrives or when all the things are loaded to the truck.