Moving can be a hassle. Hiring professional movers makes the process a lot easier, provided you find a good company to do it. You can get a long list of movers by searching Google or local listings but getting the right one for you is not that easy.

Needless to say, hiring the first mover you find online is a poor strategy. Here are other mistakes people often make when hiring movers.

Getting quotes from less than three movers

Regardless of how close or far you’re moving to or how much or little goods you’re moving, it’s always a good idea to get quotes from at least three service providers. Compare the services these companies offer and the charges with regard to your moving needs. This strategy increases the chances of you hiring a company that offers top-tier services at reasonable prices.

Failing to arrange an in-home walkthrough

Visiting your home and viewing all the items that need to be moved allows a moving company to come up with an accurate estimate of the moving cost. Furthermore, you and the mover can compare the inventory of the goods that arrive at the new location to the list of items the mover used to make the estimate. Also, the in-home walkthrough is the best time to ask the mover how they handle special items you have.

Using price as the sole basis for choosing a mover

The price of a service doesn’t tell you enough about the quality of the service. It’s important that you carefully research the moving companies you’re considering to get the best service for the best price. If you notice a company’s quote is much lower than the rest when comparing estimates, be wary. Free additional services, special deals, and extremely cheap services are common lures that rogue companies use.

That said, if you’re moving within Boston, it might be good idea to give preference to smaller Boston movers with a stellar reputation as they are usually more affordable than the large moving companies. For long-distance moves however, you’re better off hiring a large, well-established company that likely has the staff and all the equipment needed to make a move.

Being shy about asking questions

When hiring a mover, there are a lot of details you need to consider to make sure your items will be transported safely and reliably. Good movers know this and they will allow you to ask questions and seek clarifications. Even if they’re experts with extensive experience in moving, not every move is identical, and you may have special needs that they may or may not be able to cater to.

Furthermore, answering any questions you have regarding their services demonstrates transparency on the part of the movers, which is an indication that they are confident in the quality of their services. To make sure you ask all the relevant questions, research and prepare a list of questions to ask. Don’t wait until you’re on the phone with them to think of questions.

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