5 Crucial Factors to Consider When Looking for a Moving Company
When preparing for a move, you don’t have to gather packing supplies, sort through your things and push heavy boxes on your own right away. There’s an option that you can consider to get you through this project with ease: Hire a local removalist for an easier, simpler moving process.
A move is a strenuous work for a single person. Passing on the responsibility to a professional moving company will not only provide you relief and save you from the back-breaking work of hauling and carrying heavy items, but you will also have more time and energy to spend on other equally important aspects of the relocation.
Now that you’re considering hiring a mover, the next thing to do is to take into account these vital factors before signing an agreement.
1. A good reputation
Once you have put together a list of trusted moving companies, look into their customer reviews to learn more about their reputation. Most people will create reviews when they have had the best or worst experience with a company.
Reviews may even give you insights into the company’s practices that you wouldn’t have known by merely looking at their website.
It’s up to you to decide which company you will hire after seeing the reviews. Preferably, choose the best one with good and sincere feedback from customers. This way, you can have peace of mind knowing that your belongings will arrive safely to their destination thanks to a truly competent team. But of course, reputation isn’t the only deciding factor.
Get recommendations from persons you can trust.
You will not always find a reputable company after simply doing an online search. Fortunately, your friends and family are a good source for references. Reach out to them then ask about which moving company they can recommend.
They can share plenty of helpful information, and their satisfaction with the company’s services can clue you in on what to expect.
2. A successful track record
A moving company that’s been in the business for more than a few years validates how reliable they are. After all, a business wouldn’t last long if their services consistently let customers down. Based on the customer reviews you’ve found, you can already have a general idea of the company’s performance history.
Unless you got recommendations from trusted people about a new moving company, it’s sensible to choose one who has proven their expertise over time.
3. A licensed and insured team
It’s never a good idea to use a moving company that does not have a license and is not insured. Anyone can easily buy a truck and offer services as a mover, but only those with a license and insurance have legal bounds to safeguard your belongings.
If you choose a licensed company, they are legitimate and accountable for protecting your items during the entire duration of the move. On the other hand, having insurance means the company is one that you can trust. Nothing is more nerve-wracking than entrusting your valuables to a company without license and insurance.
4. Transparent prices
Most moving companies will give you a rate based on the number of hours and movers you need to get the job done. However, you should keep in mind that it’s still a base rate and may not include packing materials you need. Also, you may incur higher rates to move heavy, large objects and secondary add-ons.
Ask for a reliable estimate of how much money you will be spending on the move. Make sure to ask the removalist if there are any extra fees. If the company fails to give you this information, opt for a more reputable company with transparent rates so there won’t be any surprises down the line.
5. A good fit
Every move and every moving company is different. Whether you’re moving a large- or small-scale home or apartment, you have to ensure that the company you hire can move all of your items with care. Think about your needs for the move and make sure to ask the right questions to make certain you choose the right company that can deliver exactly what you need.
Other things you should consider:
- Whether the company have moving trucks with the correct sizes to fit all your furniture and boxes, and abide by your property’s physical constraints
- Whether the company provides additional supplies for packing when needed, such as bubble wrap, blankets, etc.
- Whether the company offers convenient pick-up and delivery dates or schedules
A professional removalist won’t just make the heavy lifting easier; they will also make the entire moving process smoother. And for an even more stress-free move, remember to book a cleaning service to ensure that your new place is spic and span and dust-free before you start unloading your items when you arrive.
Choosing the right company for the job by considering the factors above will help you achieve a great moving experience. The more you learn about the moving company’s background, the easier it will be for you to find the best people to provide the best quality service
Kim Hill works on Marketing at Adams & Rofe Removals and Storage and has been a dynamic figure in the removal industry for over 30 years. For relocating families, individuals or offices around Sydney or all over Australia, Kim will develop the perfect removal plan to take the stress out of your next move.