8 Mistakes to Avoid When Hiring a Moving Company
We all have times in our life when we take shortcuts. Times when maybe we don’t dot all of our i’s and cross all our t’s. One time you don’t want to take shortcuts is when you’re hiring a moving company. Take your time, do a little research, and you’ll avoid these eight mistakes. Mistake #1: Hiring the Cheapest Mover Moving comes with a lot of expenses, so it’s smart to keep an eye on your budget. It’s also smart to get a few quotes for your move to compare prices. It’s not always in your best interest to go with the cheapest price, though. Watch out for exceedingly low prices---that’s often an indication of an unreputable company. There are even some movers called “rogue” movers that start with an ultra-low estimate. On moving day, they add hundreds or thousands of dollars onto the moving costs and threaten to auction off your belongings if their price isn’t paid. (Check out moverescue.com if this ever happens to you.) Mistake #2: Not Researching Your Potential Moving Company Nothing beats a word-of-mouth referral. Find out if anyone you know has worked with a moving company they would recommend. Ask on social media, and you’re sure to get some recommendations. Once you have a couple of leads, check with the American Movers and Storage Association (AMSA) to see if a company you’re looking at is registered as a member. AMSA membership means that companies have met the screening requirements of state and federal government authorities and their local Better Business Bureau. Beyond AMSA membership, the AMSA certifies those members that pass a rigorous verification process as Pro-Movers. Don’t book your move without checking the AMSA website first. Mistake #3: Not Having a Home Survey Done If you want to get an accurate quote on what it will cost to move your belongings from one place to another, you need a home survey. Any reputable moving company will require that you do either an in-home survey or a virtual survey. During a home survey, the movers will be looking at:
- the size and types of furniture
- the dimensions of the rooms your currently have and how full they are
- the insides of your cabinets and closets
- specialty collections or high-end items (these may need special movers and valuation for coverage)
- house closing dates on both ends of the move
- whether you’re moving big appliances---washer/dryers, refrigerators, etc.
- any access issues the movers may have---parking, elevator timing, etc.
- specialty items that need special packing – artwork, sleep number mattress, pool table, etc.
- any other unusual circumstances that may affect your move
- Full valuation is the better option and the one that movers should offer as the default option. It covers the full cost of any items that are damaged, lost, or destroyed. Full valuation means the company will cover the cost of repairing or replacing any such item.
- Released Value Protection provides only .60 cents reimbursement per pound. Think what happens if you have dining table that’s worth $500 and it gets damaged beyond repair. If it weighs 50 pounds, you’ll be reimbursed only $30---not nearly enough to buy a new one.
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