When tying to find a mover, many people look for the cheapest deal they can get. While it is always a good idea to compare prices, sometimes you need to spend a little money if you want the best service quality possible.
Moving labor is an expense to consider for any move. you want to feel comfortable that you have hired a reputable company that will take good care of your property and in turn your family.
These are a few ways to ensure that you are really getting a good deal.
- One easy way to tell if you are getting your money’s worth from a company is to see how their services and guarantees compare to others. Use quotes from different companies to compare the cost of moving labor in your area, along with any other services the company may have to offer.
- Does their cheap price come with a lot of fees? A moving may offer cheaper hourly prices but then add on fuel charges or flat screen tv fees. You won’t know until moving day what they really charge.
- Do they have insurance? There are varying levels of insurance and companies are free to charge as much as the like for anything over the federally mandated $0.60 per pound coverage
- Are they certified? Certifications from organizations like the AMSA or the AMLPA tell you that a company has been checked out by people who know the industry.
- Are they a broker or an actual mover? Brokers just resell the services of a local mover and mark it up. Often if there are problems both the broker and the mover say the other is liable and leave you with no recourse.
- Is there a refund policy? If something should happen and you cannot move the day you planned, what alternatives do they offer?
- Do they offer storage? If you need storage often you can get both a mover and storage at the same time and save yourself a lot of hassle.
Use these questions as a way to compare companies and you will quickly decide which movers really are a good deal and which ones are just cheap movers.