So you've decided to hire movers, awesome! But now what?
What better way to find a great mover than through referrals. Ask your friends, family and coworkers if they have any recommended moving companies and their feedback. Start a list!
watch out for red flags
While you are in the process of getting estimates from potential moving companies be sure to keep an eye out for red flags. For example:
- Do they require a cash deposit? Most reputable moving companies do not ask for a cash deposit prior to the move.
- How professional do they seem?
- Are they knowledgeable? Can they answer your questions?
- Verify their address and ensure it is listed under the company's name. Be wary about companies that are listed with a residential address.
To be sure you are working with a professional mover, verify them here.
Once you have a couple of moving companies that you are comfortable with it is important to verify the logistics and ensure that you and your belongings will be protected. The first step: Insurance. Ask the moving company to provide you with the insurance company's name as well as the policy number.
Does the mover have a Worker's Compensation Board Certificate? If not, you may end up paying for employee injuries during the move.
get it in writing
Once you have decided on a reputable moving company, it's time to get a contract. What to include in your contract?
For more information be sure to check out the Office of Consumer Affairs' Checklist