Though many clients choose a moving company primarily based on an initial price quote, this recently updated report from Movers.com suggests several additional points to consider and includes a 5-step process for choosing the right company for each client.
More information about choosing a moving company, Movers.com, and the 5-step guide can be found in the full report at https://www.movers.com/moving-guides/how-to-find-and-hire-a-mover-in-5-steps.html
While the report suggests a simple 5-step process, it also reminds clients that they should start well in advance of their planned moving date, so they can schedule a moving company up to 6 months in advance. Scheduling this far in advance has been shown to help reduce moving rates, and is particularly important for moves between May and September, which is the peak season.
Readers are shown several methods in the report for collecting estimates from local professional movers, including through word of mouth. However, the report also suggests a simple method to collect 7 no-cost estimates from reputable local movers, using a single form on the Movers.com website.
After receiving initial estimates, the report recommends that users narrow down their list of options to approximately three companies. While there are various methods to do this, one common technique mentioned uses Movers.com to check reviews from other locals, for each of the companies that provided a quote.
The report also contains several sample questions that can be used to narrow down the list by collecting more details about each of the options. Using this list of questions, users can determine which companies have extra fees, how much additional expense they will require, and which fees apply to their specific situation for loading, unloading, or transport.
While some moving companies may attempt to offer estimates over the phone, Movers.com suggests in their newest report that these quotes should not be included, as they are less likely to be accurate. Instead, the report suggests that users should get in-person estimates whenever possible, and explains the difference between binding, non-binding, and binding not-to-exceed estimates.
An excerpt from the report explains, “Once you’ve narrowed down your search and gotten estimates, the next step is to do a background check to make sure they are operating legally. Depending on the laws in your state, your local moving company is required to have certain licensing credentials to operate.”
More information about moving cost estimates, the 7 no-cost local moving quotes tool, and other reports from Movers.com can be found at https://www.movers.com/moving-companies/nj-new-jersey/union-city/cheap-movers.html
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