Many people want long distance movers because all the hard work is done for them. However, horror stories abound. What can you do to make sure you have the best possible experience? This article will give you some tips.
Hiring long distance movers is great because it saves you from having to do it all yourself. However, there are lots of horror stories about bad experiences with moving companies. How can you make sure you have a positive experience and get all of your stuff there in one piece? Before you begin, it’s best to know what you want. It’s not just about protecting against bad business practices, but it’s also about finding businesses that will give you the best. Let’s look at how you can do both, and some tips on deciding between multiple offers and estimates.
First, you can always check out long distance movers on the Better Business Bureau website. This will let you know if they’ve had a large number of complaints against them. Keep in mind, moving can be a very stressful experience. Complaints are okay if they are few in number and resolved quickly. A young company may not have any complaints against them, but do you really want to be the first to file one?
Check the company history to know the length of time they’ve been in business. By doing this now, you’ll have less work to do later on. That means your move will be much smoother. Also, small problems tend to stress you out much more during the move; try to take care of them before you begin. Remember, you probably won’t get a second chance at this, so make it count.
Preventing a bad experience doesn’t guarantee the best. To get the best experience possible, you should start by finding others who’ve used a particular company before. It’s okay to ask the company if they have references who will tell you about their experience. Not all long distance movers have these, but ask anyway.
Typically, you’ll feel confident if the estimate is very close to the actual cost you budgeted. You have a part to play in receiving a good estimate. If you’re estimating costs over the phone or by email, you’ll need to make sure you’ve accounted for everything. Also remember, costs go up if there are stairs or other obstacles that make moving harder.
To get a more accurate estimate, consider paying for it. You can ask long distance movers to send a representative to do the estimate in person. This may be free sometimes, but you’ll feel less obligated if you pay. It may be worth a small cost now to prevent unexpected price jumps later. If the company doesn’t normally do in-person estimates, it’s because most potential customers probably want free estimates. If you let them know you’re different, they may be willing to give you a better estimate. Then, you’ll be free to choose the best offer. Plus, you can think of a paid estimate as another difficult task made easier on you.
When you make your choice, be sure you know why there are any significant differences in price. Horror stories about moving companies mostly come from bait-and-switch tactics. That is, some companies seriously undercut competitors on price when they give an estimate. Later on, they increase the price once holding your belongings hostage. If you’re choosing simply on the lowest price, ask them to explain why it is so low. Otherwise, you’re better off going with a more reasonable offer.
It takes a little bit of time and consideration to choose the right long distance movers, but follow these tips and be patient, and you’ll get the right folks for the job.
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