They say that moving house is one of the most stressful events that will occur within our lives, next to getting a divorce or mourning the loss of a loved one. Alongside the stress we will experience caused by the excessive planning we will need to complete, we will also face a great deal of cost from the purchase of our new home, legal fees, moving materials and so forth. For this reason, finding a trustworthy, reputable and affordable moving company is a must to ensure that our move is efficient and stress-free. Although it is often beneficial and much cheaper to move items our self, we can often face a number of obstacles that can make moving a complete nightmare.
The first step to finding your ideal moving company is to firstly realize that all services do not require the use of the internet. While large scale moving companies will be advertised via the web and through their own websites, these companies can often charge you more than privately owned companies. Opting to look in your local directory for privately owned, local moving companies will not only make it easier for you to investigate into their reputation, but you may also find that they are much cheaper and efficient. It is best however, to only seek the service of businesses that have been running for at least 10 years so that you can be sure of their experience. It is also advantageous to ask friends and family members about companies they have used in the past and ask for a brief insight into their experience with them. If these turn out to be a larger company, it is then worth researching more about them via the web.
Once you have made a shortlist of potential moving companies, it is now time to set up appointments for them to visit your home to complete an in-home estimate. In the event that a company opts to not visit your home and instead complete your estimate over the phone; this is the red flag to simply disregard their service completely. During your appointment, inquire as to whether the move will be completed by members of the company in question or if they will be using sub-contractors. Should a moving company divulge that sub-contractors will be performing the move, this is also a reason to look towards a different company. Always visit the moving company’s storage facility and investigate their trucks so that you are confident in their capability.
Following your in-house estimate, each moving company will provide you with estimate based on their findings and should you be provided with a quote which is higher than a competing company, always inquire as to whether they too would be willing to charge this price. Check that your estimate includes other amenities such as VAT and insurance and never agree to sign any agreement which does not contain your agreed fee. Once you have whittled your potential companies down to one, sign the required paperwork, agree on a designated moving day and always ensure that this date is confirmed in writing.
Hiring a moving company can be costly, but when your level of stress is reduced on your moving day, it is a worthwhile investment. The service of a professional and experienced moving company will not only ensure that your items are safe, secure and make it to your new home on time; but you will also be given a helping hand in starting your new life in your new home.