Millions of Americans move into a new home every year. Most of those moves happen without any problems. Hiring the right house movers Calgary requires a lot of work, of course. Even some of the best moves can have shady practices. It’s important to stay informed about the moving company that you choose.
Here are four ways to hire the right company for your big move.
1. Get a Walk-Through of Your Home
A moving company that doesn’t go through your home without knowing what you plan to do is a company you should avoid. The right company will ask you what you plan to move from your old house to your new home. You should be prepared to tell the company which items you don’t want them to move. These can include items that you plan to donate, give away, sell in a yard sale, or leave behind. Or, maybe you want to move these items yourself since they’re easy to move or fragile.
2. Don’t Pay Upfront
You’re not required to pay an upfront deposit before the move. Some of the best house movers won’t demand a large deposit before moving day. You pay after the items have been moved to your new home. If you make the mistake of paying in advance, then you’ll never see those items again. If you intend on paying beforehand, pay a credit card to protect you from fraudulent activity.
3. Avoid Moving Companies That Switch Names
Moving companies have a reputation of operating various names to avoid being documented by the Better Business Bureau. Make sure that the moving company has licensing and insurance along with a physical address. Their employees should answer their line with the name of their business.
Search the company to see if they ever operated under another name. You can also find them under their federal and state license numbers. Find out if there are any complaints or lawsuits against the company. You can also contact the consumer complaints hotline at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to find out more information about the company.
4. Avoid Packing Costs
If you pack your items yourself, then the moving company isn’t responsible for any damage. If you require them to do the packing, then you’re required to pay extra for boxes and packaging materials along with the labor and time required to pack these items. Find out about the employees’ experience with moving items. While most of their employees will be careful, you want to avoid hiring someone who just tosses your belongings into a box and then seals them up.