Who needs to add anything else to their plate when moving is already more than enough? From packing up memories and knickknacks to switching utilities and canceling services, there are more than enough jobs to go around. And while we aim to be your go-to service the first time- and every time- we know there are other companies around. We want you to be prepared and protected no matter which company you choose to use, so keep reading for our top 5 tips to consider before signing a contract with a moving company.
Check Their ReputationLet’s keep in mind that all of your worldly possessions and keepsakes will be in the hands of professional movers. Call around and get opinions from others about the companies you are interested in. Most likely you will find someone or someone who knows someone who has experienced a move with the company. Do your due diligence, ask questions, get recommendations and always read the reviews.
Get a QuoteOnce you’ve settled on your handful of reliable options, call around to get an estimate by each company. Discuss the details, such as which services they offer in particular, time of year for your move and insurance options. Make sure to inquire about whether their estimates are binding or non-binding, so you’re not surprised after the fact. At Jackson’s Relocation Services, we believe in doing face-to-face- and free- estimates. After receiving a moving quote form, we meet our customers in their homes, to get a more reliable and accurate estimate of the job at hand. Pay Attention & Inquire About Contract We know it’s human nature to just sign on the dotted line, but when your house is literally packed up and on the road, it’s incredibly important to know that the details on the paper, match the realities in life. So before you sign, go over addresses, times, contacts and liabilities to safeguard yourself from any mistakes. When you’re given your contract, or Bill of Lading, double check that the details include the following: name and address of mover, payment method, time of pickup, minimum and maximum amounts to pay and any other miscellaneous details about the move and payment.
Discuss the MoveOn the day of the move, make sure to come prepared with checklists and notes, to ensure the most successful move possible. When your professional movers arrive to begin the process, take some time to discuss the logistics. What items might prove to be problematic? What is especially fragile? Is there ample parking at the new place? All of these details will help both the movers and yourself to work more efficiently. Some companies will recommend taking anything particularly valuable with you to your new home, while other companies 100% guarantee zero issues. We recommend trusting your gut and if something concerns you in particular, to take it- if for no other reason than just simple peace of mind.
Check Your InventoryWith your list in hand, this would be the time to check back in with your freshly arrived inventory. This process actually has two benefits: to ensure everything was delivered from A to B and to check for any obvious, initial damage. Because movers are responsible for the items in their care throughout the move, this would be the time to mention anything that looks out of place, missing or damaged. Moving is always a hectic process and we understand your concerns. At Jackson’s Relocation Services, we want to do the heavy lifting- to take you from old house to new home every time!