‘Moving is so much fun!’ – said no one ever.
Take note of the key word there: LOCAL and to help you choose which company to call on, read on:
Ask for Government Licenses
All moving companies should have state movers’ licenses from the Department of Transportation and other government office. They should also have documents from local movers’ associations.
Great Scores from BBB
It would also be great if the mover has a good standing with the Better Business Bureau as most consumers look at this. Nice testimonials in other listings such as Yelp would be of help too.
Provision of Estimates
Any upstanding local moving company should be able to provide a realistic, written quote so that customers will know how much they will be spending on this type of service. Aside from that document, make sure that you have these three very important things too:
- Bill of Lading
- Order for Service
- Inventory List
Ask about Insurance Options
You’ve got two types of ‘protection’ from possible damage or loss: Released Value and Full Value. The latter is more expensive. But both are not usually included in the basic costing of moving companies. Inquire about these and see which will work better for you.
Note: You can buy your own insurance for this, of course. But if you really want to move without all the hassle, check out what your choice of local moving company has for you.
Good Overall Rep
Some local companies – especially those which has been around for decades and still run by baby boomers – rarely have online presence. In that case, you will have to base this reputation on word of mouth. The good thing with choosing local is that you won’t have to go so far to get this.
It is, therefore, very important to dig deeper. Whether the company has a website or not, do not just rely on typing your searches on the keyboard and get out there!