When it comes to finding a local moving company, it can sometimes be overwhelming due to the amount of search results that will be returned by a simple Google search. You will have the sponsored searches, the Yelp reviews, the regular Google searches, and even Google Maps suggestions, and with all of that information it can be difficult to discern where you should start. Not to mention that most people when looking at the vast number of local moving companies usually wonder to themselves how do I know that this moving company is legitimate and how can I be sure that my belongings will get to their destination safely?
Moving is stressful enough on its own and you shouldn’t have to experience the added stress of figuring out whether or not a moving company is good or whether or not they will be able to offer the services that they are advertising. Luckily, sifting through all of that information and finding the answers to those questions is what this guide is about, and we will offer some pragmatic and helpful tips for finding a local moving company that can make your move as easy as possible.
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What to Expect from Local Moving Companies?
When you are talking to local moving companies it is important that you find out the following information before you enter into a contract with them. Be sure to ask these questions when you are talking to the local moving company so that you can make sure that you aren’t in for any surprises on the day of your move.
- Will the moving company take an inventory of your possessions?
- Will you get a walkthrough beforehand?
- Do you have to pay a large deposit before the move?
- Are there any extra fees that the moving company thinks may apply to you?
- Do they guarantee their quote?
- Will the moving company insure your belongings?
- How are out of state moves handled? Entirely by them or by a second company?
- How long have they been in business?
- Will they pack your belongings for you if need be?
What each individual will need for their move will vary and so it is important that you let the company that you are going to let do your move know all of your needs. If you want them to come and pack up your belongings, then it is important to be explicit about this and let them know ahead of time. Any additional services that you will need should be worked out before the move so that when the day of your move comes they are not caught off guard and you are not subject to a number of different charges that you were unaware of in the beginning.
It is also important that you find out if the quote is guaranteed, meaning that it isn’t going to change on the day of the move once the truck is loaded. This sometimes happens but is easily avoidable if you go with reputable moving companies. What we mean by this is that the company will perform all of the duties listed above and their quote is based on what you actually have in the house, not on an estimate. On a side note it is important to note that it is against the law for a moving company that is moving interstate to hold your belongings, so if you ever run into an issue where there is a dispute over money and the company is attempting to hold your belongings, contact the authorities.
What to Do on Your Moving Day
Once you have selected your local moving company and the big move day arrives it is important to try to have everything in order. If you have decided to pack up the house on your own then it should be packed by this point and ready to go. For the most part when the moving company arrives and starts the move you will want to stay out of their way and only generally oversee what it is that they are doing. There is no reason for you to feel the need to direct them, unless they ask for directions. Remember, they are professionals and know the best way to move your stuff and the best way to pack up their truck.
If you have certain items that you are going to put in your car and take to your new place yourself then you should let the movers know ahead of time and if possible, already have them out of your current home. For instance, some people like to move their TVs themselves, just because they feel more comfortable doing so. If this is the case, then you should let the movers know or simply have it in your car before they even arrive.
It is always nice to have water or other beverages available for the movers as moving furniture and heavy boxes around can be a tiresome activity. Beyond this it is entirely up to as to what you will offer the movers while they are engaged in the move. It is also customary to tip your movers, however how much you feel you should tip is up to you and what you can afford.
Most importantly remember to relax on your moving day. Although it can be stressful and anxiety provoking, take some deep breaths, relax, and get ready to enjoy your new home.