The Simple Guide to Choosing the Perfect Moving Company
Moving can signify a fresh star… or a pulled back.
This is why so many people opt to hire a moving company. It’s also why there are so many companies to choose from. A quick search in your area will show you a ton of results.
So how do you know which one to choose?
Ask for Estimates
The emphasis here is to ask for multiple estimates.
This is one area where shopping around can save you a lot of money. This may take a bit more time, as you will have to describe the particulars of your move to several different companies. But it is worth it.
Also, feel free to try to leverage these estimates against each other.
Ask About Insurance
This is up to you, but it’s a good option to have. If you have a number of fragile or valuable items, you can pay a bit more to make sure they’re insured against any sort of damage.
“Only you can decide if it’s worth the extra cost,” wrote Martha Uniacke Breen at StyleAtHome.com.
“There’s no reason you can’t pack all but the most fragile items yourself; spread the packing over several weeks, and anything that is really fragile can either be left for the pros, or transported yourself in your car on your stress-free moving day.”
Hold them to a Standard
There are people looking out for the consumer. This is why Canada’s Office of Consumer Affairs (OCA) released The Consumer Checklist for Choosing a Moving Company.
These guideless are in place to “assist movers in identifying and adhering to high standards and will aid consumers in selecting reputable, ethical and professional movers.”
You can download them here.
Check Their Web Trail
Dissatisfied customers are very likely to go online. Look around for online reviews. They’re not an automatic guarantee of quality (or a lack thereof), but it can definitely send some red flags if you read something awful.
At the same time, don’t forget to write your own reviews and make it easier for the next guy.
Try an Easier Way. Try Moving Containers in Toronto
They are the best of both worlds. You can keep costs low by packing and unpacking it yourself. But you get the convenience of having them come to pick up your container and have it delivered almost anywhere.
You can even have it stored on their on-site storage facility.
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