Ask for Referrals
One of the most reliable ways to get assurance that the organization that you are considering will provide good service is to inquire of your friends or co-workers for References. If someone you know had a good experience with a organization, it is reasonable to anticipate that you will have a similar experience. Conversely that if you are told you should avoid a particular organization, you should take their warning seriously.
Choose a Mover With a National Name
A nationally known, established moving company with a well-regarded name is always your best choice for a long distance move. Although a local moving company that is highly well-recommended might be ideal for moving across town, you have to be careful sending your property across state lines. If you are going to send everything you own from Carolina to Colorado, make sure there is a corporate office that you can reach in the event that you need help with a problem.
Review the Fine Print
Review the moving contract agreement very carefully. As is the case with all contracts, it is very important that you thoroughly understand the terms that you sign. You can’t make assumptions or rely on verbal agreements. Be certain that you know everything they have to do according to the written terms of your agreement. Most movers will show a binding maximum, or sometimes it may only appear so. If it is not based on a fairly detailed onsite estimate, ask about exceptions that may be in the contract, possibly included in phrases that are not as clear as they should be.
If, as in most situations, you aren’t expecting on unloading the moving truck yourself, make sure that the contract specifies that the movers will take care of that task. Additionally, make sure that you know the moving company’s responsibilities in safeguarding your belongings from damage, and the procedures for applying for reimbursement if an accident happens.
Get a Solid Estimate
Make sure that the price the moving company quotes you is accurate, not just a phone estimate they say is “standard procedure” for the room count. Reliable movers will offer to come to your home to estimate the size of the job before quoting you a price. Beware of any moving company that just quotes you a standard price for a home with however many bedrooms. There are many different sizes of three bedroom homes, and there can be great variability among the volume of furniture and possessions even in homes that have the same number of bedrooms. If the mover fails to actually look at your home and take detailed notes before quoting a price, you should be concerned that the price can all too easily change when it’s all done and they have your furniture.
Be Aware of Your Insurance Coverage
Make sure that you know the level of insurance coverage on your possessions while they are in transit. Don’t assume the insurance that the company offers with the estimate will be enough to replace your belongings in the event of a catastrophic loss. Depending on the company’s coverage, the dollar value of your property you may have to buy additional insurance.