Thursday, October 18, 2012

Moving Company Missteps

When planning to move, most people have a lot on their mind. It's only natural that the process of hiring a moving company often gets put off. After all, how much work are you going to put into it when you have a new job to worry about, the kids' school registrations to handle, and a million other things on your to-do list? For many people, the search for good movers begins and ends with the phone book. But you can do better. It's worth it, because hiring a bad team could give you a whole new set of nightmares to deal with. Here are some of the most common missteps and how to avoid them.
Not Getting Quotes
Is hiring a moving company all about finding the best deal? Certainly not. It's easy to find out who is offering the best prices in town, but cheap certainly doesn't equal good in any field. That said, there's no reason you should overpay for the privilege of using their services, either. Call around and get at least three or four quotes before making a decision. This serves two purposes. One, you'll have the option of accepting the lowest bid and two, you'll know when you hear a price that seems way out of line.
Hiring Over the Phone
This one comes as a surprise to a lot of people, but you shouldn't hire a moving company until they've been out to your house. Even a full description of the property can't convey a real sense of what you need done. Without having seen it in person, they're only going to be able to give you a broad estimate of how much they will charge. You can bet that price will change once they actually show up for the job. This may be inevitable under the best of circumstances, but they'll have much less wiggle room if they came out to the house beforehand.
Failing to Consider Subcontractors
More often than not, a moving company is going to send their own employees out to your house to handle the process. There are some companies, however, that are too "big time" to do that. In an effort to get as much business as possible, these places overbook and then farm out the jobs to subcontractors. Now all of that research you did about their reputation is out the window. These aren't their employees. These people may have never moved a couch before in their life. Be wary of places that farm out their work.

1 comment:

  1. Very good article. I learned a lot. Hope that the next and then it can understand more things. Very grateful.
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