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Choosing A Mover

Choosing a mover can be a tricky affair. Perhaps what is most important is for you to believe that your goods will be transported safely and on time. It is prudent therefore to spend some time investigating the mover before engaging their services. Compare different movers that are available to you so that you can get the best service at the best cost. Ask friends, co-workers or relatives which movers they have used and who served them best. No one can refer you to a lousy mover.

The first thing is to make sure that they – movers - are licensed and insured. There are different types of licenses in different states but every moving company should have a license. This is to ensure that incase of any damage to your items or loss of items, the company will be in a position to remunerate you for your loss.

The next thing is to find out how long they have been in business. The longer the company has been in business, the more likely it is that they can be trusted to undertake the task faithfully. Generally, a bad company will not stay in business for long. Also check if they have references. Lack of references could mean that clients were not satisfied with the services and would not vouch for the company.

Another thing to check is the legitimacy of the moving company. A legitimate moving company should have a registered office. Rogue companies offer no residential address. Often they only offer e-mail or postal addresses. Knowing the location of their business can help you track them down incase of any dissatisfaction with the service.

Find out if the company will undertake the moving exercise on its own or if it is just a broker company. Brokers only refer you to a particular moving company.

Check the mover’s complaint history. Have they had any mishaps in the past? If so, how did they handle the situation? If they did not remunerate the client even when it was obvious that the mistake was theirs, then they are unlikely to treat you any differently.

Now you can make a visit to the mover’s premises or if that is not possible, visit their website and ask any questions you might have. Find out how they protect the items from damage i.e. what kind of material they use for wrapping. Also ask about the mode of transportation and how long the transition will take. This will help you in choosing a convenient date for the transportation and in estimating the cost of the move.

Lastly, after putting all the above points into consideration, compare the costs of the different movers. This does not mean that you go for the cheapest mover. You might be saving some money but at the expense of the safety of your items. Choose the most reputable company that offers the best services at the most affordable rates.

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