How to Choose a Moving Company

How to Choose a Moving Company

It can be stressful trying to hire a reliable and reputable moving company. Most of the over 7,700 complaints received by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) in the U.S in 2012 related to moving companies originated from issues concerning damaged or lost property, charging more than the estimate, billing for hours not worked, and not being on time. Psychologists have shown in their research that moving houses is one of the most stressful activities for humans. This is true even if a move goes smoothly. The best thing to do is to be as proactive as possible when hiring a moving company. Below are some guidelines to assist your hiring decision.

How to Choose a Moving Company

Referrals

The first port of call is to ask for referrals from friends and family or colleagues that have recently used a moving company. This is not the time for a friend of a friend of a friend type of referral. If that comes up short, then it’s time for the internet.

There are two options for finding moving companies online.

  1. Visit movers.com. This will give you some type of public recourse should the move go wrong. Such a site will be able to help with a number of quotes from different vendors. Those vendors will also be rated on the site.
  2. Start searching for a local moving company and see what comes up. Choose a company carrying the American Moving and Storage Association’s ProMover logo.

Three Estimates

It is important to get three moving quotes or estimates before making a final decision. A moving company should be willing to come over to look at your stuff and give an in-person estimate in order to quote you correctly.

It is best to avoid moving companies who are happy to quote over the phone. Three on-site inspections will give you three quotes that should correspond, and give you professional insight.

Red Flags

A red flag is an indication that something is off. This could be showing up late or missing an appointment with no proactive warning or apology. Get a feel for the degree of professionalism, experience, and competency during their visit. A failure to answer your questions immediately is a cause of concern from somebody in the moving business. There can only be so many moving questions, and the professionals should have heard them all by now.

Check out the moving company’s vehicle. If they arrive at your home in a rental, ask them where their vehicle is. Above all, be wary of those looking for cash deposits way ahead of moving day. Cash or check can be handed over on the day of the move when they arrive. The balance should then only be paid when you are satisfied.

Licensed and Insured

Moving companies are required to have certain licenses and insurances. Interstate moving companies need to have a U.S. DOT number from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. This number is used on insurance claims.

Confirm your mover’s license at the FMCSA’s protectyourmove.gov site and request the company’s U.S. DOT number. In-state movers’ licenses can be found by checking with your local or regional consumer affairs agency which is listed on the FMCSA’s contacts database.

Additional Information: How Do You Hire Reliable Movers?

Clark Storage – Best and Most Secured Storage Units in the Area

Our family business objective is to provide you the best service and facilities in a secured location. As you get to know our facilities, you will note they were selected for your ease of access, location, and security. Please let us know how we can continue to improve your storage needs and fulfill your high expectations. We have units in Council Bluffs, Glenwood, Shenandoah, & Pacific Junction. Contact us today. We are also offering a Move-In Referral Program, click here for more information.

Moving Bags vs Moving Boxes

Moving Bags vs Moving Boxes

Moving houses or apartments can be a daunting task. Having to pack all your belongings in a safe and methodical way to make the move go as smoothly as possible is even harder. The two options that you will be faced with when storing or packing your goods are moving bags or moving boxes. Both options moving bags and moving boxes have their pros and cons. However, you do not have to decide on one option, you can use a combination of both.

Moving Bags vs Moving Boxes

Moving Bags

There are many different materials when it comes to moving bags. Moving bag materials range from PVC or hessian to plastic bin bags. All types of moving bags are handy, depending on what they are going to contain. When looking to transport heavier and/or sharper objects that could damage a bin bag, you should consider the more durable option of using PVC bags. Lighter items such as clothing that are unable to tear the bag can be transported in a plastic bin bag.

Pros of Moving Bags

Cons of Moving Bags

Moving Boxes

Moving boxes are the most commonly adopted option for the majority of goods that are packed when moving. Boxes come in different shapes and sizes which allows you to pack different amounts or different sized items. When using boxes to package your goods, all you will need is some tape to seal the boxes properly.

Pros of Moving Boxes

Cons of Moving Boxes

Additional Information: Guide to Finding the Best Cheap Moving Boxes

Clark Storage – Best and Most Secured Storage Units in the Area

Our family business objective is to provide you the best service and facilities in a secured location. As you get to know our facilities, you will note they were selected for your ease of access, location, and security. Please let us know how we can continue to improve your storage needs and fulfill your high expectations. We have units in Council Bluffs, Glenwood, Shenandoah, & Pacific Junction. Contact us today. We are also offering a Move-In Referral Program, click here for more information.

How Do You Hire Reliable Movers?

hire movers

When it’s time to move your stuff from one home or apartment to another, it’s usually time to start looking to hire a moving company. Finding the right moving company can be a struggle, but there are many ways to make it an easy process. Never hire just any movers when it comes to your valuable possessions. Reliable, trusted moving companies are the only way to guarantee that your items arrive at their end-destination undamaged, or at all.

Fly-by-night moving companies can cost you more than the worth of what they are moving. Hire these types of moving companies at your own risk! In this article, we discuss everything you should know to make sure you hire the most reliable moving company possible.

How Do You Hire Reliable Movers?

What Disasters Can Strike

Hiring an unregistered, informal moving company, or simply a guy with a truck, rather than an established business can be a huge risk. This is a risk we would not recommend that anyone take. An unregistered company is hard to hold responsible in the event anything should go wrong, or missing.

Careless movers can damage your possessions. In many cases, it is hard to claim damages if you fail to make use of a reputable moving company. In a worst-case scenario, the “damage” could be an unregistered mover disappearing into the night with your entire load. Yes, this happens more frequently than you would believe!

The use of the wrong moving company can, literally, cost families and individuals everything.

Reputation is Everything

If you think you have found a reputable moving company, check into their history and reviews. Reputation and online reviews can indicate whether this company is worth your time and trust.

Moving company number one has five stars and 4,000 good reviews. Moving company number two has two stars, with most of the reviews being bad ones. Which one would you pick?

Always check into a moving company that you intend to use. Consider all prior customer experiences and reviews that you read before you hire the movers for yourself.

Are They Established, Registered Movers?

A trusted, established, and professional moving company should be registered. Visit their website and request an invoice to see what’s on the rest of their paperwork. Reliable companies should have business license details displayed, as well as information about the vehicles in their fleet.

If you can’t find registration details, or if the mover simply isn’t upfront, then they are not a registered business. If this is the case, you could take an unnecessary type of risk if you hire the moving company.

Request Quotes From Multiple Moving Companies

Request several quotes from potential moving companies if you intend to relocate. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket, and do your research first. While it seems obvious, don’t always side with the cheapest quote. Instead, pick the best service and the moving company you trust the most.

Quotes will tell you more than the price. As we previously explained, a quote from a moving company will reveal important essentials about a business such as their registration details.

Give Three Addresses

One of the biggest mistakes people make when reaching out to moving companies is giving their addresses to people they don’t know. Don’t! Giving out your address to a stranger is as bad as listing your home address on social media.

Give movers an estimated departure point, and three alternative addresses where you intend to move. This practice is much safer when you have several moving companies to contact.

Additional Information: Important Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Moving Company

Clark Storage – Best and Most Secured Storage Units in the Area

Our family business objective is to provide you the best service and facilities in a secured location. As you get to know our facilities, you will note they were selected for your ease of access, location, and security. Please let us know how we can continue to improve your storage needs and fulfill your high expectations. We have units in Council Bluffs, Glenwood, Shenandoah, & Pacific Junction. Contact us today. We are also offering a Move-In Referral Program, click here for more information.

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How Do You Spring Clean and Declutter?

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storage unit size

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Where do You Put Your Stuff When Selling Your House?

Selling Your House

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Storage Security: Are Storage Units Safe for Valuables?

Storage Security

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What to Do With an Old Couch

Old Couch

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Storage Sheds

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