Do You Know How to Find the Best Moving Company?
You’re searching for professional movers in the Bay Area to relocate your business or move your family to a new home or apartment. How should you find and compare moving companies? Can you find a mover that has a stellar reputation that also fits within your budget?
First off: remember that you get what you pay for.
If you want to move “on the cheap,” your instinct might be to search for moving companies that have the cheapest hourly rates. The problem with this calculus is that it neglects to consider the cost of a crisis. If a clumsy mover drops and breaks a flat screen TV that you paid $2,000 to buy, all of a sudden your “cheap” mover just cost you a tremendous amount of money.
Second: do your due diligence.
While you can’t always trust online reviews, it’s not a bad idea to do some snooping online. Does a prospective company have a cascade of complaints about them? Alternatively, does the company boast a lot of raving fans? You can also check with groups like the Better Business Bureau to determine whether people have complained about the company.
Get the information you need.
If you are confused about the contract (or elements of it), ask. Professional movers should have appropriate licensing and insurance. If the company does long-distance business across several states, it should also have a Department of Transportation (DOT) number. Consider obtaining multiple bids from prospective companies before you make a decision.
Make sure that your mover works from an itemized list.
You don’t want to get charged fees that you didn’t anticipate. Know what will be done, ahead of time, so there are no surprises.