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When it comes to actually transporting your things, you have some options to consider. You can pack, load and unload all your belongings yourself or hire a mover or moving company to help you. Movers can help you pack your things, drive all your things to your new property and unload the lot for you. By doing your due diligence when researching, you can avoid hiring less-reputable mover who can end up costing you more money or time than you anticipated.
Ask around for a recommendation: If you have family or friends who have recently moved and used a moving company, ask them for their opinion on the overall experience with the company whose services they used. If they give a positive review for a certain company, take a closer look at their company when making your choice. Online reviews can also be helpful in this process.
Research: Research various companies and speak to their representatives. Researching multiple companies is vital to your ability to find the best company to suit your particular needs. By doing solid research beforehand, you can also avoid scams, overspending and wasting time with a less reputable company. To get started on your research, search on the Internet as well as in your local phone book. You could also ask your real estate representative to give you their recommendations for reputable moving companies that their clients have hired.
Choose a local company, unless you’re moving far away: To save some money and time, choose a local company if you can. Choosing locally can mean that they simply charge an hourly rate for a truck and crew. If you’re moving farther away, you may want to consider hiring a company from your new location or old one, but keep in mind that they would typically start charging mileage (or kilometres if Canada) and potentially on weight as well.
Cheap doesn't mean best: Going with the lowest quote does not always mean you’re getting a better deal. These companies can have poor service and/or add unexpected charges later. There’s also the risk of running into fraudulent companies.
Get the quote/ estimate after inspection: A company should never give you an upfront quote or price without looking at your belongings first. If they do this over the phone, hang up and don’t even consider hiring that company. They should come to your home first to inspect your belongings and the distance from your current house to your new one, and then they should be able to provide you a reasonable quote.
Check your insurance: Call your insurance company to find out if you have coverage in the event that there is an accident. Also ask the moving company if they offer liability coverage. Remember, if you pack things yourself and there is an accident that way, then the moving company will not be responsible for any damage.
It is always a good idea to ask your real estate professional what to look for when hiring a moving company. Making sure you find a reputable home mover will make your home moving experience a lot more easy and smooth.