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6 Common Mistakes Made With Moving Companies

Moving homes is an exciting and stressful time. Whether this is your first big move, or you’re a seasoned veteran, you’re going to want the right people by your side come moving day. The moving company you choose can have a huge impact on whether you’re able to maintain manageable stress levels. There are a lot of reliable companies out there, but unfortunately there are also a lot of crooks just trying to make a quick buck. Here are some common mistakes to avoid in order to make sure that you end up with the former.

1. Waiting until the last minute

Starting your search for the right moving company well in advance of your scheduled moving date is the best way to ensure you that you end up booking a company you are happy with. The longer you wait, the less selection you will have and the less bargaining room also. Companies appreciate being able to have their schedule in order as far in advance as possible. By doing them the courtesy of getting your affairs in order well ahead of time, you’ll likely be treated to a friendlier price than if you’re contacting them at the last minute and they know you probably don’t have many other options.

2. Only getting a quote from one company

Like all service oriented jobs, price and quality can vary a lot and the two don’t always correspond. Some companies are going to try and charge you the highest price they can get away with every time. That being said, higher prices don’t necessarily mean that they are trying to rip you off or that they even have a higher profit margin, some companies simply have not figured out how to run their business as efficiently, and therefore have to charge higher prices to remain a viable operation. Shop around, compare prices, and get a breakdown of what you’re getting charged for.

3. Only getting a quote over the phone

If a company is willing to give you an estimate over the phone without having seen your belongings with their own eyes, it is probably a good idea to look elsewhere. Professionals know that an in-home estimate is the only way to provide a truly accurate quote and will insist on coming for a visit in advance of the big day.

4. Choosing the lowest price or the biggest company

If a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is. You’re talking about the people you want handling all of your precious belongings and personal items, you should expect to pay them a fair rate for their services. Underpaid workers are unhappy workers, and are less likely to take their job seriously. Meanwhile, try to resist being immediately sucked in by the brand recognition of a big name. Just because a company has lots of employees, doesn’t mean they are necessarily going to do a better job. Do your homework and ask questions.

5. Not telling the movers everything in advance

Your moving company Vancouver can only provide you with the best service possible if you disclose everything up front. You don’t want surprises on moving day and neither do they. Details like which floor your new apartment is on, of what the parking situation is on the street, of if some things are to remain in the garage, are all important for them to know in advance.

6. Not doing a little background check

Even if everything seems to be in good order, it is still wise to do a little poking around to make sure nothing suspicious comes up. This will also allow you to confirm that you’re dealing with a licensed and insured business.


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