Moving day is getting closer and closer. You’ve thought everything through, you’ve planned most of it and now it’s time to hire movers. The easiest way to hire movers is to advise our good friend Google. You searched for a trustworthy company and there are hundreds of search results in front of you. Searching for movers online can be exhausting sometimes, and you must be wondering, how to pick the best one? How do I know I won’t get scammed, robbed or something worse? Here are some tips and tricks on how to be safe and get a good deal.
How to find local movers?
It goes without saying, you don’t need movers from Alaska to move your stuff from Seattle to NJ. Not only would it cost too much, but it would be just plain ridiculous. When you are searching the web, make sure you include a location. That is the important part, so you can narrow down the search. For example, if looking for movers in Hudson County you are going to type in something like: “movers Hudson” or “moving company in Hudson”. Don’t type in too many words otherwise, you will get too many different results.
Safety is your first priority when searching for movers online
Ok, so you found a great moving company that seems to offer everything you need. The price is right, they say they are fast, reliable, and a trustworthy moving company. But how do you know? Those quotes from their customers could be faked. Prices can change and your stuff…well… you stuff could easily just “fall out of the truck” if you know what I mean. So there are some steps that you could do before deciding who to choose:
- First, you should take a closer look at their website. Is there any dead link, missing pages or different prices on the website? Their Contact page should include their company name, address, and a local phone number. The great plus would be a location on google maps.
- There are also some online tools for checking the trustworthiness of a website. Scam adviser is a great automated tool for checking if a website is safe. It’s not foolproof, but, again, it adds to the bigger picture.
- After that, you can look them up on Google Maps. Even though it’s not 100% reliable, having a Google Maps location adds a little bit to the trustworthiness of the company. You can also find some reviews there that you might want to check out. They are usually honest.
- The website like Yelp and Reviews. are a great place to find reviews of companies. Search for them by their company name or location and read some of the reviews. That should give you a good impression on how they run their business. But still, have in mind that some of the reviews there can also be faked.
If everything checks out it might be time for the first call. Call them during their business hours and ask around. Ask about the price. Does it match the one on the website? Ask them for more specific direction or chat them up about how’s their business doing.
Getting the best company for your move
Just because they are the first result in your search doesn’t mean they are the best. Searching for movers online takes more than that. Actually, usually, the first few results are paid ads. They are usually marked by a small [ad] mark just before their URL address. Don’t skip them just because they paid for that first spot, but also take a look at some of the lower results. They are usually a bit cheaper. Keep in mind that better price doesn’t always mean the best option. Make sure you ask for all the specifics you might need. If you are moving some oddly shaped, easy to break items, ask if it will cost extra. In the end, you are searching to hire furniture movers and relax not to worry over every single detail. You need to know that all of your furniture, will be safe and will get back to you in one piece.
Also, if you have a pet you need to ask them are they may be able to transfer your pet. Do they have special conditions so they can transfer animals? It would be great if you can call them or if they have online chat. That way you can ask all of this.
The devil is in the details
Ask them specifically about how long it would take for them to do the move. Are they only driving your stuff or are they taking it all the way up to your new place that might be all the way on the 9th floor in a building without an elevator? Stuff like this can make all the difference between a hustle free moving day and a sour back for the rest of the week. Also, you can check with them can you get any of the boxes or plastic covers from them
The antique closet that you love more than anything looks great inside your current the room, but can it fit through the door of your new place? Do they have a handyman who can disassemble it and put it back together without scratching it? Most companies that do advertise it on their website. If they don’t, most websites have something like “get a quote” where you can check and write everything that you need. If it’s too much hustle you can use their contact form to ask them about some specifics.
After you’ve done with searching for movers online, you can see and ask them can you stop by their store just to check all of the details and to sign the deal. You checked everything online, they promised there will be no additional fees, but read the contract. See if there are any small letters or anything. When the day comes, and you are finally moving wait until they are done with packing up your stuff in their truck or a van. And, in the end, don’t forget to write them a review so you can help out other people that are searching.