Have you been looking for a reliable moving company but unable to find one? Is it really that difficult to find good movers? Well, the fact remains that though there are numerous good movers, there are scam businesses operating alongside. Thus, you need to be careful and double check about the reliability and credibility of the business.
Red-flags about movers
To be on the safe side, it is best to work with companies that have their own websites and have a complete list of their prices for services along with a phone number. But before you hire any of them, ensure that you do a background check, ask the right questions and get a written estimate on the company stationary. Check for license, insurance and whether they have listed their contact information properly. Some of the red-flags to watch out for include:
- No written estimates
- Do not answer phone with the company name, but just ‘movers’ or ‘moving service’.
- Come in leased out trucks instead of licensed and company marked trucks
- Does not provide on-site evaluation visit but just gives a random price which maybe too low than average prices
- Does not have a proper license nor BBB accredited
If you come across any moving service, stay away from it as your goods might end up undelivered or damaged. The real reason that it is hard to find good movers is because most people do not know how to verify whether the moving service that they have shortlisted is licensed or not. People are unaware about how to check the credentials and watch out for red-flags.
Finding the right movers
Additionally, you need to ask your friends and family for references of a good moving service. Most people move at least once or twice and can always refer good movers or at least warn you against a company, regardless of whether you are moving within the city or inter-state.
It is good to check the movers that you intend hiring at the Department of Transportation website and check if the moving service has the DOT number, which is only given to companies that are registered with the department.
It is best to start searching online or check the local moving services in the Yellow Pages. Call up a few and ask for a quote. Most movers provide no-obligation free quotes after assessing the goods and the distance that would be covered. It is best to go with a company that has good reviews, is licensed and insured. Check the credentials with the Better Business Bureau before you sign the contract with the movers.
At our HQ Moving service, we ensure that all background checks are completed before we hire employees while we are accredited by BBB with excellent customer recommendations. Call us today if you are planning a local or interstate move and we’ll be able to help you at every step.