Researching Local Moving Companies
Compared to chains, local moving companies are highly advantageous. Not only are most of these companies convenient due to their location, but they also support the community, have good reputations, and strive to ensure the customer’s satisfaction. Even with all of the benefits, it is important that you conduct research before selecting just one company to help with your move.
Roughly 40 million people move every year. While the majority are satisfied with the services received, a little more than one-quarter are dissatisfied. Before selecting one of the several local moving companies on your short list, consider some of the things that you need to know. With knowledge, you can make well-informed decisions.
Beware of Scams – Somehow, dishonest moving companies sniff out people planning to move. As part of a scam, they swoop in, acting as though they have the perfect solution and for a price less than what other companies offer. If you contact a virtually unknown company that claims it has movers in your community that can get your possessions transported for a significant discount, consider it a scam. Local moving companies with a solid reputation will send a representative to your home to assess the situation and then follow up by providing you with an estimate or firm quote.
Due Diligence – As part of your research into different local moving companies, you have to perform due diligence. What that entails is interviewing at least three companies, which includes asking a lot of questions, requesting referrals, checking relevant organizations online, and so on. When researching companies, never hesitate to dig deep to learn the truth.
Caliber of Services – Because local companies are part of your community, you can expect a higher quality of services compared to a company located across town. For a moving company to survive as a community business, it must maintain an excellent reputation. For that reason, the company will go above and beyond to ensure your satisfaction.
Insurance Protection – Even with well-respected local movers, you need to determine the type of insurance protection provided. Of the various complaints about movers, damaged goods rank at the top of the list. While unintended, damage occurs to items in roughly 20 percent of all residential moves. For optimal protection, make sure you hire a company that provides full replacement value insurance. With that, you can replace a damaged item for what it would cost today opposed to the amount you paid three years ago.