When moving, many times people will choose to do their own moving but if they are moving to another state or just do not want to mess with the hassle of doing it themselves they will hire a professional moving service. When using a moving service you want to make sure that they are going to treat your stuff with care and that you are not going to find scuffed and broken furniture, damaged boxes, and have broken items, etc. When you hire moving companies to move your household stuff they are the ones that are responsible for its safety and security from the time they load it into the truck to the time they unload it. This is why it is important to choose the right moving company.
Before moving day, you need to sort out your household items into three categories so you do not have that much to move. You need to decide what you are going to move, what you are going to sell, and what you are going to give away. Where you are going will also figure into what type of moving service you need such as a local mover if you are moving locally or an interstate mover if you are moving to another state. Knowing what you have to move will help the moving companies know how large of a truck they will need to use when quoting you a price.
If you are not sure which professional moving service you should hire talk to your friends, neighbors, or anyone you know that has moved recently. They can tell you if you should contact the moving service they used or if you should stay away from them. Getting recommendations from others you know is better than just picking one from the phone book or the internet.
Even if you get recommendations you should still contact more than one moving company and ask them various questions such as:
• How long they have been in the business
• Approximately how long will it take them to load, deliver, and unload your household stuff
• Are they insured and bonded?
• Do they give free estimates?
• Does their price include packing fees, fuel, any surcharges, insurance, etc?
• Do they charge per hour or per load?
• Do they place the furniture where you want it in the rooms or does this cost extra?
You should do this to make sure that you are getting the right professional moving service for the type of move you need. Once you have made your decision then it is time to sign the contract. Make sure that the contract is a binding contract as this will include all costs with no additional charges.