In real estate, we spend plenty of time talking about interest rates and pricing trends, mortgages and property values. Of course, you also know that in my articles, we also look at other factors like decorating, rehabbing and remodeling, and more. Let’s also not forget that we talk about those extraordinary Southwest Florida amenities!
At the same time, there’s something that’s talked about less frequently, but that’s monumentally important whether you’re buying or selling. And that’s the moving process. So, today, we’re going to talk a bit about choosing a moving company. While you can always opt to rent a moving truck and move on your own, countless people still choose to hire movers, and there’s a number of tips to keep in mind if you’re thinking of hiring a moving company yourself.
Read the reviews and talk to friends
The very first place you should start your process for hiring a moving company is testimonials. By making this step your first one, you’re not wasting any time. In fact, you’re getting right to the moving companies that have a reputation they’ve likely earned.
Check if they’re registered
After you’ve narrowed down your list to a handful of companies, I suggest your next check should be to see if they’re registered. There are a few spots you can check up on, such as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for state-to-state companies. But I also like to see if they’re listed with the American Moving and Storage Association
Or, you can look at any other local associations for moving companies.
Schedule a walkthrough and compare multiple quotes
Too often, in a time-crunch, you might be tempted to go with the first company that looks good. As a real estate agent, however, I’ve seen time and time again how this can cause big problems, from plumbers to lawn care. If possible, I recommend budgeting yourself a bit more time, especially for a moving company that will be handling your possessions. Have them do a walkthrough and then compare their prices. Any reputable company should be more than willing to do this. Also check what kind of estimate they’re providing, whether non-binding or binding.
Check out their insurance policies
Without getting into the nitty-gritty of insurance policies, I suggest looking into this topic for each company. You are choosing a company that’s insured, right? Next, you want to know if you’re talking about full protection or a differing level of value for replacing any items.
Read the fine print and know your contract
Another area that we’ll only touch on right now is your moving contract. Even though it can be a chore to wade through legal-focused documents, you want to understand what the details are for your moving company. Please don’t simply sign a piece of paper with minimal details. Your moving contract should include items like your estimate, delivery dates, any extra fees, and an inventory list.
Ask if they write up an inventory of your items
On that note, one of the most important factors I also recommend is getting an inventory list. After all, what happens if your possessions arrive at your dream home, but something’s missing? Having everything in writing is a safeguard for your own peace of mind during a busy and exciting, yet stressful time.
For Southwest Florida, we have many people move from another area of the country. If that’s you and you need a few more moving tips, feel free to email me!
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