Choosing the right moving company can make all the difference during your move. Here are some tips to help you select the right moving company for you.
7 Things to Look for in a Moving Company
Start with friends and family. Reach out to people you know who have used a moving company. Ask them about their experience and who they would recommend. It’s possible that someone you know had a bad experience with a highly-rated company, or the company charged them a bunch of unexpected fees not listed on the front-end. Likewise, you may discover they had a wonderful experience with a company. Starting with friends and family will help you glean important insight you might not find online.
2. Good Reviews
Once you have some names to look into, use online reviews to learn more. You can easily read moving reviews to learn more about other’s experiences with a company. It may clue you in on some vital information you may not have thought of asking.
3. Track Record
Based on the information you find online, you should be able to gain a general idea of their track record for being on time, keeping fair rates, and maintaining the condition of possessions. Unless you have a couple of glowing recommendations from people you trust, stick with the company that has proven their competency over time.
4. Licensed and Insured
Never use a moving company that isn’t licensed and insured. Anyone can purchase a truck and call themselves a moving company. Only those who are officially licensed and insured are legally bound to protect your property.
5. Transparent Rates
Moving companies can’t give you a set estimate over the phone. However, they can give you a general idea of how much you’ll be spending. Generally speaking, you can expect a rate based on the number of hours and movers your move requires. Keep in mind that this is a base rate and likely doesn’t include additional packing materials, cost of moving large or heavy objects, or incidental add-ons. Be sure to ask if you require other services.
6. Fits Your Needs
Every move is different. Make sure that who you’re hiring can accommodate all of your things. Think about your individual needs. Then, ask the right questions to ensure you choose the right moving company for you. Some things to consider are:
- Is the company’s truck the right size to fit all of your boxes and furniture?
- Do they provide additional packing supplies as needed such as moving blankets, bubble wrap, garment boxes, and more?
- Does their availability fit your time window? Can they guarantee pick-up and delivery dates and times that are convenient for you?
7. Beware of Rogue Movers
Millions of people move every year. While it’s not common, a small percentage experience moving fraud. Protect yourself using these guidelines:
- Check for an active license.
- Look up their service records.
- Make sure they have a valid physical address (not a P.O. Box)
- If asking for a deposit, be wary of anyone asking more than 20 percent.
Do your research, ask around, and don’t hesitate to look elsewhere if you see red flags. The more you put into choosing the right moving company, the less work you’ll have to put into dealing with mishaps.
Choose the Right Moving Company
Whether you are moving across town, or across the state, RL Maxon Moving will make relocating as stress-free as possible. Contact us at (479) 756-0850 for more information or to schedule your move. We serve Northwest Arkansas and the surrounding areas.
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