Guest post by Co-Founder NorthStar Moving Company Laura McHolm
I know, you were thinking you would just Google “moving company.” Sure, you will find a zillion moving companies, but are you ready to handover your baby grand piano or other prized possessions into any stranger’s hands? So, how do you choose the mover you can trust? Here are some handy tips on what to look for when hiring a mover.
First, when choosing a moving company, reputation is crucial. A great reputation saves you time and money. And, a great reputation equals great rates. No one ever says: “oh yes, I LOVE this company they just made me over pay for their crappy service.” So, if you take away only one tip: It’s choose your mover based on reputation.
How do you know who to trust with all your worldly possessions? Asking key questions not only uncovers a wealth of knowledge about the company and helps prepare you for moving day, but a little extra research can save you from a huge hassle in the long run. Here are some surefire questions to ask before hiring a mover:
- How long has the moving company been in business? Experience counts and a track record shows their ability to deliver each and every time. They have moved countless kids clay hand-prints and know they are simply irreplaceable: no amount of insurance is going to ever give you those back.
- Are they licensed? If you are looking for a moving company to move you from state to state the moving company should have a US DOT number, which is a unique license number issued by the United States Department of Transportation. Make sure your mover’s DOT number is valid by searching it in this database. If you’re looking for a moving company to move you with in your own state they need a state license. In California, it’s a Cal T license.
- Is the company insured? Verify that the company is insured on the same website you use to check their license number. Never use a moving company without a license number or insurance. Think underage unlicensed teenage driver at the wheel of a semi-truck. Not a good idea, right? Neither is an unlicensed or uninsured bunch of folks who call themselves a moving company or group of dudes who really only do moving as a side job. Also, check to see if your personal items are covered during a move under your homeowners or renters policy. If not, you may want to consider supplemental moving insurance. Movinginsurance.com or moveinsure.com are good resources.
- Have they won any awards or accolades for service? Can they show you any letters of recommendation? If they haven’t won any awards for service, chances are they aren’t going to win any awards from you. Remember a great reputation absolutely saves you money. NO ONE gives a glowing review to a company that over promised, under delivered and over charged.
- Be sure to check out the company’s rating with the Better Business Bureau …read more
Via: Coldwell Banker Blog