We have all heard horror stories about moving and movers. I was reminded of how important it is to choose a good mover recently. A dear client is making a long distance move and chose a mover offering a “good deal”. Well, suffice it to say it did not turn out to be a very “good deal” at all! Moving is stressful enough without having to worry about whether your treasured belongings will make the transition in one piece, if at all.
How do you choose a good mover?
Let me say this, moving is expensive! I just need to put it out there. It is a fact. There is no way around it. It’s not cheap, but these 6 tips will help you choose a good mover:
Get a referral – Ask around. If someone you know has had a good experience with a mover, you probably will too. Find out what they liked about the mover most and be sure these things matter to you as well.
Read reviews – In an age of internet reviews, you will surely find plenty of comments on the service you are researching. It’s rare that a company will be blemish-free, so take the time to read through the reviews before making your decision. Reviews can be overcritical and unrealistic at times too.
Make sure they come out and give you a written quote – Some companies will attempt to quote over the phone (really), and this is not ok. They need to see your stuff and give you a number that includes all the services you require (equipment, packers, movers, time, fuel). Make sure it’s all in the quote.
Compare prices – By and large, movers are comparable. If the move is small, you may be able to find a smaller operation that will be considerably more reasonable than the “big” guys. Larger scale movers don’t really want small jobs as they are cost prohibitive. Again, ask around and see what you come up with. Your real estate agent may be able to help.
Purge, purge, purge – I can’t stress enough that moving is expensive, so prepare yourself. You may want to consider selling or donating items that you don’t really love or need. It may very well be less expensive to purchase a new bed or kitchen set once you relocate than it would be to move the old.
Reconsider family movers – Although it seems like a great idea to ask friends and family to help with the move … think again. Some great relationships have been wrecked over a move. It may work for twenty-somethings, but the novelty ends there.
Refer to The Complete Guide for Hiring Reliable Movers for even more great information on movers.
Living through a move is not impossible. Save money, sanity and great relationships. Choose a good mover. If you need help choosing a good mover, Presto Real Estate Services can help. Call (630) 336-1820 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for help with choosing a good mover.