Moving can be a daunting task, from the packing to deciding what things you want to keep and which ones to throw away. A moving company is usually the final step to take, yet choosing the wrong one can undo all the work you’ve done and make moving day a nightmare.
The following 12 steps should make the process of selecting a moving company a lot easier;
- The first step is to get recommendations from friends and family. You could also check listings and search for movers online. This will give you a preliminary list of moving companies to begin with.
- Adequate research and enough recommendations should result in a considerably largelist of movers. The next step is screening. Go through your list removing companies that don’t belong to the British Association of Removers. We recommend MoveCorp.
- Now your list only comprises the most reputable movers in your area. To further narrow it down, it is time to contact each company for an estimate. Eliminate companies that won’t give you an in-person estimate or those that don’t fit into your budget.
- You then need to make an appointment with the remaining companies on your list to show them everything that needs to be moved. This is also where you get the final estimate. To get an accurate estimate, make sure you show the movers everything.
- Once you have an estimate, you need to review it to make sure you understand the rate. If there is something that is not clear, ask the movers. At this point you are still considering a few companies.
- Store the estimates you get as you go through your list of movers. This will show them you are serious about getting quotes and you’re likely to get a great deal.
- Once you have quotes from all the companies you are considering, you want to compare the prices to see which one gives you the best deal.
- With a list of the movers with the best price, the next step is to do your research. Go down the list eliminating the companies that are not licensed, incorporated or if something just doesn’t feel right.
- Check that the remaining companies on your list have the right insurance. This will come in handy should something go wrong during the move.
- By now you should have no more than 2 or three moving companies on your list. If they have an online presence, this is the time to find out what others have to say about them. Reviews are a good place to start although you shouldn’t trust a company that has reviews that are too perfect to be true.
- Based on all the information you have collected until now, you are ready to choose a moving company. The information above will help, but ensure you select a company you are most comfortable with.
- On moving day, request a copy of the inventory list. Most moving companies will easily provide one.