Moving can be a drag at best and a nightmare at worst. Chances are you are going to end up feeling pressed for time and there will be unexpected hiccups along the way. Luckily, there is a whole industry of professionals who have made it their life’s work to ensure this process runs as smoothly as possible. A good moving service will take pride in making sure you get from point A to point B with as little trouble as possible.
1. Do your best to think ahead
Leaving things until the last minute will leave you with fewer options and less negotiation power. It is never too early to start looking around, so if you’ve made the commitment to move, it is time to start looking for the right moving company. Generally, the advice follows that you should seek recommendations from friends and family and get in touch to see if you think the suggestions will live up to your expectations.
2. Get an in-person estimate
Despite the most glowing reviews, you’re going to want to get an in-person estimate prior to the big day in order to ensure that there are no last minute surprises, and that the moving company is able to show up for the job prepared. The pros know and swear by this so don’t rely on an estimate that comes from anyone who hasn’t looked inside of every one of your closets or just does a quick once through. They should be thorough in investigating every space of your home or business in which things may be stored, in addition to checking the weight of major furniture pieces and appliances, as well as taking some measurements.
3. Don’t assume that the biggest company is the best company
It can be tempting to get carried away by the name recognition of a big name company, but the truth is that they don’t always offer the best value for your money, or even have the most experienced and dedicated workers. Although it is unfair to say that all big companies are operating some sort of scheme, it is worth noting that a smaller operation, in which the owner is also going to be present on sight can make a big difference.
4. Do an initial screening
Remember that there is no one size fits all way to separate the good from the bad. Some big companies will be able to provide you with exceptionally trained professionals and other small businesses might not have the resources you need in order to complete the job. When you have a list of recommended Toronto movers, go online to do a quick background check, you can do a more thorough check later. Take a look at business ranking companies and consumer advocacy sites as well. These organizations invest a lot of resources in determining who the crooks are on the market and you can usually trust their advice.
5. Review the estimate you are given and don’t be fooled by a veneer of professionalism
Although an initial estimate can feel informal and friendly, be aware of the fact that the estimate might be a combined document that, when signed by you and the moving-company representative, serves as your order for service and bill of lading, too. These, along with the inventory list created when your goods are loaded, are the basic documents any mover should provide you with. Don’t be shy about asking questions and if you’re unsure about any written in the estimate, ask for clarification and don’t be satisfied until your question has been fully answered in a way you are comfortable with.