Your boss just called to inform you of your transfer to the company’s branch in another state. You’ll likely have mixed feelings about it: excitement about heading to a new place versus sadness at leaving the friends you had gotten used to. Once you’ve come to terms with the news, it’s time to figure out how to move your stuff to the new location.
Seattle moving companies range from the simply superb to the insanely incompetent. With so many to choose from, how do you identify which one is right for you?
Google is probably the first place people will go to nowadays when looking for an excellent moving company. The problem is a lot of movers have discovered a way of gaming internet reviews. This means posting fake positive reviews about themselves that exaggerate the true quality of service. The most reliable referrals you can get are those from family, friends and work colleagues. Their recommendations are bound to be objective since there is no profit motive.
Whereas cheap can be expensive, paying more does not guarantee better service quality. While it’s rational to be suspicious of a moving company that appears too cheap, you should probably be just as skeptical about movers whose charges are way above the market. Develop a budget, talk to a number of movers that are within range and then settle on the one that best fits your needs.
Watch out for an ambiguous, confusing or complex pricing structure. When you request for a quote, is the mover upfront about how much you will pay? An evasive response is a sign that you could be ambushed with surprise increases and hidden fees. Some companies will advertise a low-ball offer only to demand more money before unloading your goods on the pretext that the task took longer than anticipated.
Your home holds many of your most treasured possessions. Many are not valuable because they are expensive but what they symbolize. You want a moving company that comes with all the necessary tools to ensure your items are handled with utmost care. Look out for key tools of the trade such as shrink wrap, tape, straps, dollies, moving blankets, mattress covers, wardrobe boxes, and hand trucks.
Licensing and Insurance
When your household items are being moved across vast distances, there is always the risk of something going wrong. Make sure your mover has the requisite insurance cover so you are reimbursed in the event of a loss. Also, check the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) database to verify that the mover is licensed.
Specialization is great. However, customers are naturally drawn to service providers that do more than the average. It also saves time and money that would otherwise be spent looking for a different business to do the same thing. You for instance want a mover whose package includes appliance reconnection/disconnection and furniture disassembly/assembly.
When many residents of Seattle repeatedly choose us to handle their relocation, it is because our service is competitive, professional, affordable and does not disappoint. If you are moving soon, give us a call for a free estimate.