How To Find A Reputable Moving Company
You’ve sold your house and now it’s time to find a mover. But before you begin your search for a moving company, there are a few things you should do to make sure you’re getting a reputable mover. Finding a good moving company could mean the difference between a flawless move or one where you’re “stuff” doesn’t show up on time or not at all.
1. Check with the BBB (Better Business Bureau) to see if they have a good rating. If they don’t check the reasons and the resolutions at the bottom of the page to see if you feel they are legitimate and if you’re satisfied with the resolve.
2. Make sure you’re dealing with the actual moving company. Some so-called moving companies are just a middle-man referral services that farm out their leads to the highest bidder.
3. You should get a copy of the mover’s guidebook from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration at ProtectYourMove.gov to learn your rights and responsibilities when it comes to dealing with a moving company. This guide will also give you links to each of the individual States moving regulations.
4. Do a little comparison shopping. Call a few different moving companies and get a detailed bid from each one. Inquire about any hidden fees or things that might incur an additional cost such as extra heavy or fragile items.
5. Thoroughly check their references. You’ll want to get some written references and you’ll need to call each one. In addition, you should also check their online references. There are several third-party online websites you can check to get unadulterated reports on how satisfied their previous customers truly are with their services and how they were treated.
6. Make sure you’re dealing with a licensed moving company and not some fly-by-night mover with unmarked trucks and suspicious looking characters doing the moving. And never use a mover who solicits you first.
7. Inquire about what insurance they do and don’t provide and about their damage replacement policy.
8. Talk to your friends, family and coworkers and ask for a referral for anyone they have successfully used in the past.
You could also ask your realtor for a referral. Your realtor deals with people who will be moving on a daily basis and would be happy to supply you with some names and phone numbers of his most reliable moving sources.
About the Author: Millie Gil has been a successful Licensed Real Estate agent for over 25 years in Florida. Millie is Vice President of Bold Real Estate Group, a boutique agency committed to concierge personalized service for discerning buyers, sellers and renters of residential and commercial properties. Millie is fluent in English and Spanish with a strong network of real estate professionals worldwide. Other post by Millie Gil
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