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Things To Check When Choosing A Mover

Moving can be stressful. You are possibly changing jobs and/or moving to a new city so you are having to learn new things and places.

Plus, you have to try to find time to pack your stuff while also possibly looking for childcare, coordinating utilities, working with a real estate agent, ect… So we have compiled a list of things you should do before picking a mover so you don’t put any additional stress on your plate.

Tips To Help You Decide On A Mover:

  • If a company will only provide phone or internet estimates, then you should run quick. It is important to get a written in-home estimate so you can show the mover everything, including items in attics, basements, garages, storage areas, sheds, etc. This will help ensure you get a responsible estimate because the last thing you need is to get an inflated bill at the end of your move that you were not expecting. At McGuire Moving and Storage we have heard countless horror stories of this happening over the years so just be aware that it does happen. If you are concerned with allowing people into your house because of COVID-19, then check to see if the moving company will do a virtual tour with you on the phone.
  • The alarm bells should go off if the mover requires a large down payment to hold dates or to reserve service. Most reputable companies won’t require you to do this. Many of your larger providers pay outside sales people who are commissioned off of sales, which is why they want you to book on the spot. If a company says they “can’t hold your spot if you don’t book now,” they are going for an impulse purchase. This will likely cost you more money and will possibly lead to a stressful move. You really want to work with a company where you have a direct line of communication with an associate with the company from the beginning of your move until the end of it. With many of the bigger companies you will deal with the sales person and then be passed off to someone else who might not have any knowledge about your situation. 
  • Always feel free to ask questions. The moving business, like most, can be complex at times and have its own industry-related phrases or jargon. If you aren’t satisfied with the answers you are getting or something just seems a “bit off,” then trust your gut and talk to another company.
  • If the price seems too good to be true, then it probably is. You know the old adage, “you get what you pay for.” Not suggesting you should take the most expensive estimate, but just be aware that some companies practice “bait and switch,” where they give you a low estimate on the phone, then after the move inform you about additional charges incurred. Unfortunately, we have heard stories were customers were charged thousands of dollars unexpectedly after the move. You have enough going on with your move, so the last thing you need are additional expenses you had not budgeted for. 

These are just some tips to hopefully help your next move be a successful one.

Thanks for reading!

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How to Properly Pack For Your Next Move

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