Imagine this. You’ve accepted a job offer but you’ll have to relocate to another city. You’ve gone through the long, grueling task of selling your house and buying a new one. Your employer is providing relocation assistance, which is very helpful. And now that almost everything is set for the next adventure in your life, it’s time to look for a moving company to help you. But there are so many to choose from. How do you find the right company for you? Well, you’ll have to keep an eye out for a few things on your hunt.
- They are part of a trade organization
Your search for a moving company will probably start off by asking recommendations from people you know or going online. Once you’ve found a few companies to research, the first thing you should look for is whether any of these movers are part of a trade organization. If a company is part of an association, such as IAM or FIDI, that means they have passed the strict quality requirements to be a member. With these accredited movers, you can know for sure that they are good at what they do.
- The company asks for an in-person house survey
Another sign that a moving company is reliable and competent is that they request to complete a survey of your house in person. Even though many companies are able to give you a quote online or by phone, these are just estimates until they actually see the volume of items you have. Only after the professional movers conduct a thorough home survey can they create an accurate price offer for you. This also helps them create a more detailed inventory and moving plan. And speaking of an inventory and plan…
- They provide a detailed inventory and plan
Your moving company should be able to provide these documents. This shows that the movers have prepared before your moving day. It also indicates that they are very diligent with all the small details. After all, you have a lot of items that can easily be overlooked. You can use the inventory as a way to check that nothing is missed and it also acts as a way to hold the movers responsible if anything is damaged, lost, or stolen. The plan is incredibly useful for helping you stay organized.
- They are happy to answer any questions
Since you will be entrusting your prized possessions to the care of the movers, you want to make sure that they can be trusted. A big part of this trust is transparency. A reliable moving company should be more than happy to answer any questions that you have about the move. Some questions you can ask to get a better picture of the company are:
- How long have they been in business?
- Are their movers specially trained?
- Do they offer insurance?
- What types of moving vehicles do they have and what are their conditions?
- How long does it usually take to complete a move like yours?
- Is the quoted price final?
Don’t be afraid to ask many questions. After all, you don’t want to have your items handled by a complete stranger. Get to know the moving company and judge for yourself how trustworthy they are.