Moving to a new home is a big event, whether you’re relocating across town or across the country. It can also be expensive, but focusing on the cost alone may ultimately lose you a lot of money. Nevertheless, doing a little research is worth it. Of all of the resolutions you need to make when intending move, clearly the most essential one is which moving company you need to hire.
The process of finding a good mover can seem challenging (not to mention costly). The moving and storage industry is very competitive, which signifies that you have an almost limitless number of movers to select from. And in any highly-competitive industry, some of the companies competing for your business are better and more reliable than the rest. By doing careful research, you can save money and prevent scams. If you are moving in or out of Palo Alto, here are some of the most important things to remember when looking for a good residential moving company
Set Up an In-Home Estimate
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Plan for at least three moving companies to come to your house and do an in-home estimate in the order of your least favorite to your most favorite company. If they refuse to go to your house to do an in-home estimate, move on and choose another company. Be sure you know from the start if the company will be doing the move themselves, or if they will be sub-contracting the job to some other company. If they won’t do the move themselves, then you should look for another company.
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You want to make sure that the moving company can solicit and operate business legally. Check out their business license and declaration (“dec”) page from their insurance policy.
Visit their Office
You should also visit their office to ensure that the company is completely who they say they are. Assess their trucks and storage facility. Ensure that their trucks are permanently marked with the company’s brand. Some rogue movers will show up on the day of the move with a magnetic sign attached to the door of a rental truck, so it’s smart to know as much about them as you can beforehand.
Check the Fees
As with most things, you get what pay for when hiring a good moving services. So the question is not whether a moving company is expensive, but whether hiring their services is cost-effective. Moving companies can select to charge and bill in various ways, so make sure you completely understand what engaging their services will cost you. Ensure that you are also clear on the payment process for any bills you incur.