Thursday, 07 November 2013 22:28

Tips on Hiring Reliable Movers That Will Make Moving Into Your New Home Stress Free

Finding A Reliable Moving Company Can Make Moving Easy

Finding a moving company that you can trust isn't always the easiest task. Once you buy a home in Springfield, Illinois, and you begin your search for a mover, you may find yourself wondering which businesses are reputable and which are not. Listed below are tips that can help you choose trustworthy movers that won't leave you questioning your decision.

 

  • Asking friends, coworkers, and family members for recommendations is an excellent way to begin your quest for a moving company. Looking online or in a phone book will also help you compile a list of movers in your area. Before making any calls, take the time to check the Better Business Bureau's website to find out if the companies you are looking at have any complaints filed against them. Another great site to use is Movingscam.com. Take a moment to browse the message board, and read the comments made by people who have run into problems with certain movers.
  • Spotting a scam when researching moving companies can save you from the heartache of losing precious possessions and money. If an estimate is given to you over the phone or online and it seems to good to be true, then it probably is, and if a company tells you there's no need for them to visit your home to inspect your property, hang-up the phone and get rid of their number. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration goes into further detail on a number of signs that will help you spot a moving company scam.
  • Once you've narrowed down your search to three or four companies, it's time to schedule your in-home estimate. During the visit, it is essential for you to show the moving company all of the belongings you will be taking with you. You will also want to inform them of any obstacles they will face at your new home. Understanding the difference between a binding estimate and a non-binding estimate is crucial when hiring a company. Most movers provide a non-binding estimate which means the price is an approximation of what the total move will cost. The final price will most likely be higher than the initial estimate given. A binding estimate is an exact cost. The price will not exceed or go below the amount agreed upon during the estimate, but if you add any items on the day of the move the company has the right to void the original binding price.
  • Before signing the estimate, read through all the papers you're given, and do not hesitate to ask questions about anything you do not understand. Once you've received an estimate from each company, sit down and compare them. Do not pick a company on price alone. Ask yourself which business has the best reviews and which one seemed the most knowledgeable. If you didn't already check for insurance coverage, visit the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration site to confirm they are covered. Now you can feel confident choosing the company you are most comfortable with. On the actual moving day make sure to ask for a copy of the movers inventory list and to provide them with accurate directions to your new home. Don't let them leave without receiving a phone number in case you need to contact them at some point during the day.

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