Even if you manage to hook up with the most amazing moving company ever, they can't promise bad stuff won't happen. But you can prevent some unnecessary duress if you have the right team in place. The process starts by schooling yourself in what not to do.
Read on for the top mistakes people make when hiring a mover.
1. Waiting too long
"There are times when last-minute booking can’t be avoided, but frequently it's just a task that's put off too long, delaying selecting a mover can reduce your options—and unfortunately, unlicensed and unethical operators rely on this aspect of human nature to take advantage of consumers."
2. Being a total cheapskate
No, you don't want to pay more than you have to for a move. But beware of being too budget-conscious.
"The largest mistake you can make is going with the cheapest estimate, the cheapest bid typically means that the company uses casual, inexperienced labourers who don't care a whole lot about your things."
Conversely, higher-end estimates almost always assure trained, professional, and experienced crews who will show up, smiles on their faces, and move your stuff safely and efficiently.
3. Not asking the right questions beforehand
Ask them about the moving process so you understand what they will be doing and when they will be doing it, from start to finish.
Ask the following questions before selecting a moving company:
4. Falling for fakes
And it's there for you to find your next mover, too. But we shouldn't have to tell you that online info can lead you astray. Double check your info by getting moving company referrals from an industry trade association or use a site that verifies and vets moving companies.
Another word of caution: Beware of blindly trusting that the company you're hiring is who it says it is: "Some disreputable movers try to lure customers in by using names that are similar to reputable companies. Check the reputable company's website to make sure the local agent is affiliated with the brand name it is claiming." Also be warned to carefully consider low estimates from a company that hasn't been in business long—even if its Yelp profile seems solid.
"Responsible moving companies will provide in-home estimates and explain why the pricing is the way it is," The lack of a physical, local address is a telltale sign of a fake mover. Here are other red flags:
5. Agreeing to pay a deposit or pay in cash
"Typically you should not be required to pay a deposit to have your items moved, most companies request payment at the time of delivery." If you're moving out of province, your moving company could request a deposit. But make sure it's reasonable. Avoid movers that demand cash instead of allowing payment by credit card.