How To Choose The Right Moving Company
Go through your items and declutter. Buy boxes and packing tape. Start packing. Hire a moving company. When you move, your list of to-do items can seem endless, and hiring a moving company is one of the most daunting items on that list. With all of the moving companies in the Barrie area, how do you ensure that you’re hiring the right one? Use this guide to help get you started in the process—and happy moving!
Don’t simply compile a list of random movers from the phone book. Talk to people you know. Do you have family members who have moved in the last few years? What about Facebook friends who live in the Toronto area? If people you know are running short on suggestions, call local realtors. They love to network with people in the community in order to branch out and win business, so they’ll likely be happy to speak with you and suggest reputable moving companies.
Narrow Down Your List with Online Reviews
Once you have a list of potential possibilities, do an internet search of each candidate and see how their ratings add up. Any company is subject to an occasional negative review, but you should be leery of ones with a large amount of negative feedback. It’s also worth paying attention if a moving company has repeated complaints about the same sorts of issues— “They were rough with my belongings” or “They showed up an hour late,” for instance. This points to a problem that’s more than an unusual occurrence.
Check Their Credentials
At this point, you should have a short list of moving companies. Further narrow them down by checking to see if they are bonded and insured. This will protect all parties involved if something goes wrong during your move. These are wonderful, objective ways to determine how responsible and reputable a moving company is.
Schedule an In-Person Estimate
The next step in the process is to get quotes for your move. It’s important to have a representative from a moving company come to your home and give you an estimate. Don’t work with a company that only gives over-the-phone or internet quotes. There’s no way for them to accurately estimate how long it will take them to move a household of items if they haven’t verified the amount in person. This sets you up for a possible price hike on moving day once the crew shows up at your home. It’s also important to get all quotes in writing so that you can refer to them later if need be.
Only Pay in Full Afterwards
Don’t hire a moving company that insists that you pay most or all of the cost up-front. A reputable company will likely require a deposit to secure your moving date, but they won’t ask for payment in full until the move is complete. Afterwards, you’ll be able to check the condition of your belongings and ensure that everything is in order before making a payment and bidding your movers farewell.