Since the days of horse and buggy and certainly since the evolution of the gas powered engine, the relocation of ones possessions continues to be challenging and complex. Below are some suggestions to help make your next relocation as smooth as possible.
There are a variety of services offered by moving companies. It is best to obtain 2-3 estimates for comparison. Asking your friends or co-workers for a referral is a great place to start. You should also check to see if your chosen mover is a member of the Better Business Bureau or AMSA (American Moving and Storage Association) and is registered in the State of Florida.
Local representation should be a key factor in selecting a mover. A representative from the moving company should come out to your residence or storage site to provide you with a “free” estimate. These consultants will establish the price of your move, identifying the weight or your shipment and cubic footage (space) needed for your move. Without a visual survey, several factors relating to the overall service of your move could falter such as: providing the right size truck with the appropriate amount of space, having the appropriate type and amount of materials and equipment, servicing specialty items such as crating and appliance, and not enough crew members.
Networking is a critical part of a mover’s service. If you are relocating to another state, a smaller local company may not have the resources service your shipment properly at destination. Benefits of larger Van Line affiliations provide multiple agent assistance and a large, versatile driver fleet.
The internet provides us with so much information at our fingertips. Be careful in understanding the difference between a mover and a broker. A broker is a company that arranges for the truck transportation to others, utilizing for-hire carriers. Brokers do not assume responsibility for the cargo and usually does not take possession of the cargo. The internet is a wonderful tool for finding a moving company in your area but not a safe way to schedule your relocation.
Know who you’re doing business with. It’s a great idea to visit your mover’s office and warehouse. Ask to take a tour of the facilities and meet several key employees that will have a part in your relocation. Identify first hand how the staff handles your questions and responds to your needs. Is the warehouse clean and organized? Is the equipment maintained? Are you relocating with a reliable, reputable company?
Use common sense. If the paperwork or estimate doesn’t look right or the company looks like they are hiding something, it might be in your best interest not to do business with that mover. You are the buying consumer, take your time and make a good business decision. Some consumers rush into the process of relocating and later suffer the consequences of a bad mover or mover.
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