The weather is getting warmer and that means that people are packing up and moving. Relocation can be a very exciting thing, but it can also come with a pretty gigantic headache if you don’t plan properly in order to safeguard yourself and your property from avoidable hiccups. Finding the right movers can ensure that the entire process runs smoothly and that the last memories in your old home, and the first memories in your new home, are positive ones that you will be thankful to have in years to come.
Before you even get the boxes out, it is a good idea to start shopping around for the movers who are going to help you out come the big day. Leaving things until the last minute will mean that all the best companies will likely be booked and that could end up having to go with someone you feel less than excited about. It will also leave you with less time to properly assess the scope of the move and receive an accurate quote in advance. All that by way of saying that- as soon as you’ve made the decision to move, it’s time to start looking for movers.
Recommendations from friends and family are the best way to find someone you can trust with the least amount of hassle. In addition to getting recommendations and doing your homework, one of the first things you should do when you start contacting companies is request a quote. You should also get quotes from multiple companies, which should include details on the services they’re offering in addition to how much it’ll cost you.
Get a few quotes and find an efficient way to compare them. There are even apps out there which can help you keep track of and compare different companies. Whatever company you pick, get a written account of the price they promised you and any fine print so that you’re armed to push back if they try to charge you more after they’ve already started moving your stuff, or if they try to keep your stuff as collateral.
Depending on the scope and scale or your move, the quote you’re been given might vary greatly. It is worth concerning an in-home estimate so you can really get a good idea of what things are going to cost. It is not necessarily that movers are trying to take advantage of you by charging a higher price, but sometimes people unfamiliar with the ins and outs of moving will not provide a complete picture of the work that needs to be done.
If you have your mover do the packing, you may pay inflated prices for boxes and packing materials, not to mention time and labor. If you decide to have the movers pack, ask about the packers’ experience. Most packers are careful, but you want to avoid the chance of getting someone who tosses whatever they can into a box and then seals it up with little regard for breakage.
You should feel confident about any company you’ve run through the checks above. Just be sure to double confirm the dates and details of your move, and make sure you get a signed order for service and a bill of lading. You are also responsible for providing movers with detailed directors for getting to your new home, and keep in mind that it is always advisable to make sure you have exchanged cellular phone numbers so you can easily reach each other throughout the move. There are plenty of resources available at the Hudson Movers website for more information.