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How to find reputable movers

Moving to a new home or office requires you to find a good mover. You may not be aware of it but there are many moving companies that scam their customers. This is not surprising since there are so many moving companies today that the only way for them to get customers is to give very low estimates and then scam them later to make a profit. Moreover, with the internet so many companies have made use of it to attract customers. These companies are offer discounts or low rates on their websites. Then once their customer hired them, they will later force the customers to pay so many additional charges. It is therefore important to hire only reputable movers. So here are some tips for you to identify the reputable movers from the rest.

When looking for reputable movers, the most important thing that you should know is that reliable movers are those that have been in the business for years. Know therefore everything you need to know about the moving company. Know how long they have been in the business and know if during the course of those years they were able to satisfy their customers. You can learn great deal of information by visiting their site and by checking with the Better Business Bureau. At the same time, you should also check with your local government to know if they are registered in the state and if they are licensed to do the move that you require, such as if you are crossing the state.

The second most important thing that you should know is that many movers subcontract the move. You may find this a surprise but there are many movers that do not really do the move. Instead with a moving truck or two, they register themselves as moving company. When they cannot handle the job, they hire subcontractors to do the move. And some subcontractors are not really professional movers. The problem with this is that these movers do not have the expertise in moving belongings. There is a great chance that your belongings will not be handled with care by these movers. Also, with subcontractors, if anything goes wrong, you will have harder time with your claim because there is now another party involved in the move. Make sure that the movers will not hire a subcontractor.

Lastly check if they have insurance. But that is not all, make sure you know everything about the insurance they offer. Although moving companies will offer you insurance, most of these insurance coverage include repair of the item, replacement or cash settlement. The problem with cash settlement is that it is so low because it is computed based on the weight of the item. Usually it is less than a dollar per pound. Know therefore the insurance and decide if you should have a more comprehensive one.

Make life easier with professional movers

Your lease is up; your job is transferring you to a different city; or you are moving into a new house. All of these are sufficient reasons to consider hiring professional movers. Try to think back to the last time you moved. I’m sure you can remember how tiring and stressful it was. You may have even sworn that the next time you make a move, either to a new apartment or to a new city, you would hire movers. There is a reason people turn to movers when faced with relocating and that is because movers get the job done.

Movers can help you get your stuff out of your current space and into a truck or portable storage container. How wonderful would it be to not have to spend hours going up and downstairs carrying boxes? Movers often offer more than just the actual loading and unloading of your stuff. Some movers are used for everything involved in the moving process: from the packing materials, packing, loading, transportation, and unloading.

Professional movers are also a great resource for any unusual moving circumstances you may encounter. Maybe you need to transport delicate items and family heirlooms. Your movers should be able to help guide you with the correct methods and materials for packing.
Movers also may have storage space that you can use if your moving out day does not coincide with your moving in day. A common trend in moving companies now is the use of portable storage containers. The containers are delivered to your site when they are filled and then picked up and delivered to your new location. If you need to store the unit, most movers have secure storage facilities.

Hiring professional movers can make any move a little less stressful. It is up to you to decide how much assistance you need for your move. Maybe you are an expert packer and only need help with loading the truck. Or, maybe you need a more comprehensive approach. Do some research on movers in your area and objectively analyze your own situation before your make your decision.