Moving is a stressful affair. Not only will you have to deal with saying goodbye to a place that you’ve really grown fond of, but you’ll also have to deal with a lot of careful planning. And when the execution ends up lacking, it adds to more stress. Perhaps the only thing that rivals the stress and panic levels of moving is the holiday shopping spree. At any rate, there are a lot of ways you can reduce that stress level down; one of which is making sure you have chosen the right moving company to work with.
In-house or Outsourced?
Some moving companies have their own trucks and manpower. Others will often go with staffing and manpower agencies. It’s not a bad thing for any company to work with a third-party company for them to operate efficiently. For instance, they may bring a specialty mover for extremely heavy items. Also, just take a look at Amazon, which works closely with UPS. The important thing is that you know who the subcontractor is. Having a name will be useful if something goes wrong during the move. If the moving company cannot provide a name, you may want to find services somewhere else.
Good moving companies have a wide range of services. For instance, they can provide a truck if you’d rather handle the move yourself. However, trying to choose a cheaper moving company may put you in a position where you actually pay more. For instance, if you’re moving into a condo unit, you may find that a moving company that you chose because they seemed cheap doesn’t carry items through elevators.
Related to the services as mentioned above, moving companies may charge extra on various factors. For instance, if they do not involve themselves in elevator trips, they may be able to do so at an extra cost. There are also other charges that you’ll want to ask about, such as equipment. You may also want to clarify whether you’re the one paying for gas or if the movers charge by the hour or otherwise.
If the moving company guys or subcontractors are familiar with the area you’re moving to, you can always ask for some helpful tips from them. For instance, you can ask where the nearest grocery store or Laundromat is. You may also ask them what electricity, gas, or internet providers they’d recommend in the area. Of course, if they don’t know the answer to any of those, there’s always the neighbor.
Saving the best for last, it is always a good idea to make sure that the moving company is licensed. This not only ensures the condition of the transported items with the insurance that comes with their service packages. It also gives you an idea of the reputation of the company. Do note that there are movers who legally operate without a license. They simply cannot move across different states. Always check for different opinions before hiring a mover.
Zack Bauer is a blogger and web consultant for various companies that specialize in home improvement and landscaping. He occasionally writes about saving money from shopping wisely. This includes choosing one’s Sydney electricity provider and researching thoroughly before signing any contracts.
moving image by Mark Hillary of Flickr.