When the time comes for you to relocate, you don’t want to simply find the first mover you find by doing a Google search or using the Yellow Pages. You want to take your time and do your homework. After all, if you make the wrong choice, your items could be at risk of being damaged beyond repair or even stolen.
Here are three tips that will help you rest easy knowing you’ve made the right decision.
1. Talk to people and get their recommendations
There’s a very good chance that someone close to you has moved recently. Whether that person is a friend or family member, he or she will have a distinct memory of how the relocation went. Chances are, if someone you trust makes a recommendation, it will prove to be a good one.
2. Do your own background checks
There are several tools at your disposal to make sure the mover you select is reliable and trustworthy. Check to see if the company is accredited by the Better Business Bureau and look at different online review sites to gauge the experiences others have had with the companies you are considering. However, be leery of sites where reviews tend to be overwhelmingly positive or overwhelmingly negative. This could be a sign that people with certain agendas are trying to “rig the game,” so to speak, in order to sway your decision.
3. Narrow your choices to three or four movers, then reach out to each of them
Get estimates from each mover remaining on your list. If you are relocating to another state, find out what kind of estimate you will receive. For example, there is a chance that you could receive a “binding not-to-exceed” estimate, which would be even better than a regular binding estimate. If you are moving within the same state, know what types of estimates you can get. For instance, in some states, movers are required to provide written and signed binding estimates, while those are forbidden in other states.
Choosing a mover is extremely important; not only for your peace of mind but also for the safety of your prized possessions. Please don’t take this decision lightly.
National Van Lines would be happy to answer any questions you may have in order to help make your decision-making process easier. Contact us online or call us at 800-676-9270 to learn more.