November 25, 2009 Light Design 0Comment

Moving home or office is considered a least fun event. It’s time-consuming, extremely stressful, and expensive. For this reasons, it’s highly advisable to hire a professional removalist to make the process smoother and yield excellent results.

However, caution must be taken. Even though a moving company will simplify the process and make it’s less stressful, choosing the right one is not as easy as it sounds. Many factors must be taken into account before a final choice is selected. So how do you find a trusted removalist?

Do a rigorous research

In most cases, people accept recommendations from friends, but this might not work in your case just because it worked for them. Do due diligence and conduct a research, it will help you verify the standards and credibility of the mover.

Check previous customers’ testimonials, if the positives outweigh the negatives it’s good to go. Visit the removalist’s social media pages and read the comments from its customers. Do not rely on the mover’s website alone, independent sources will give you unbiased details. Testimonials from Google Places, Yelp, and MovingScam.com will give you information about the credibility of your preferred move.

If not convinced, how about pairing the mover’s name with the term “complaints” and do an online research. It will give invaluable details.

You should also ask a lot of questions;

  • How many has the mover been in the industry?
  • Do they do background checks on the moving staff?
  • Do they hire temp help or day labor?
  • Do they have a functional dispute settlement program?
  • Will the company honor delivery dates?

Check the cost

The cost of moving home is dependent on a number of factors like distance traveled, the amount of items being moved, the speed of packing, and the size of the crew. Taking all these factors into consideration you should get a cheaper option that will not compromise on the quality of service.

A good removalist will give you a detailed explanation of their charges. The company should also propose ways of reducing the cost. In most case, moving companies offer discounts if you source the packing material and assist in packing.

The payment option can also guide you. If the company insists to only accept cash in hand payments, question its credibility. A reputable moving company should accept cheques, credit/debit card, as well as cash.

Check insurance details

What level of insurance doe the company accord to the goods on transit? The company should have adequate insurance cover to give you a peace of mind during the moving process. If you own high-value possessions, confirm whether they need special packaging and whether they will need an extra cover. How will the moving company help you in such a case?

Get written estimates

Let’s say you have narrowed down to 5 options and all of them confirm to send their bids by email or phone. Make sure all the bids feature detailed written estimates based on the parameters discussed. A good moving company will give you appropriate details of all the requirements. They should also be willing to provide all the relevant documents on the moving day.

Is the removalist licensed?

When looking for a moving company, the license provides the ‘it’ factor. A reputable moving company must be licensed by the relevant authorities. However, the license plus other requirements will differ depending on the area of coverage.

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