Once you decide to move your belongings from one place to the other, there will be a plethora of little details you will have to take into consideration. These will include organizing, the expenses, the packing, and so on. Of course, one of the most important details will include hiring professional movers as well.
If you live in Houston TX, this should not be a problem, given the large number of reputable service providers in the area. However, to avoid scammers and pick the right service, there are some things you should keep in mind.
Consider the extent of your move
If you plan on packing and moving your furniture across the street, you will probably be able to do it on your own. However, if you plan on moving across the state, or country, you will need professional moving services. If you plan on moving within your state’s borders, look for a local or state company. If you are going interstate, look for a national moving company.
Look for recommendations
Once you have determined the scope and the extent of your move, start looking for the service providers. The best way to start would be to gather some recommendations from your friends, colleagues, and family members. If they have some excellent experience with certain movers, they will certainly point you in the right direction.
Conduct initial screening
Once you have gathered some recommendations, make a list of movers to do background checks. To do that, visit the official websites of organizations such as the Better Business Bureau or the American Moving and Storage Association. If a certain moving company is a member of some of these organizations, it means it abides by those organizations’ tariffs and rules, which further means it cares greatly about providing the services of the highest quality and at reasonable prices.
Get the estimates
When it comes to interstate moves, companies usually charge according to the weight of the items that need moving, the distance, the type of packing and so on. Before making your choice, make sure to get at least two or three estimates. To be sure, you could also ask a relocation consultant to visit your home. Once there, the consultant will closely examine the belongings you plan to move and make an accurate estimate of how much it is going to cost you to move them. When speaking with a moving company, inquire whether they provide binding or nonbinding estimates. Also, never agree to an estimate over the phone.
Inquire about the contract
Last, but not least, check whether the contract covers all the charges and rates, pickup and delivery dates, movers’ liability and claims protection. Always go through the document very carefully and pay attention to all the details. To fully understand the contract, don’t hesitate to spend as much time as needed to go through it in great detail. Given the fact that moving scams are pretty rampant these days, you’ll need to be sure that you are dealing with a reputable company. If you notice something suspicious in the contract, ask the company some questions immediately. If they fail to answer, look for another company.