The process of moving inevitable brings up several key questions, such as:
• How exactly do I go about packing?
• How many boxes am I going to need?
• How long will it take to pack all this stuff?
• How much advanced notice do movers need?
Within all of these questions lies another important one:
What do I ask movers to ensure that they are the right ones for me?
It’s imperative that you go about shopping for your mover much in the same way you go about shopping for anything else that’s important to your life. Your moving company is going to be in charge of all of your personal possessions, after all, and you want to make sure that you feel safe and secure.
And because we’re in New York, competition is high – so don’t settle on anything less than a secure and professional mover.
Here are some essential questions to help you determine the right movers for you on your venture throughout (or out of) the Big Apple.
1. What’s your company’s history/experience with moving?
How many years have they been in business? Do they have reviews or testimonials for you to go over? Who’s working on your move – are they full-time employees? Making sure that your movers have a solid name in the game (specifically that they are ProMover certified) will help you sift through who’s reputable and who’s not.
2. What types of estimates do you give?
Knowing how to compare moving estimates will be a huge piece of the puzzle when deciding on a moving company. Know what the types of moving estimates are and how to compare them.
3. Does the quote include extra or hidden charges?
Some companies have hidden fees that you won’t find out about until moving day – inquire about any extra fees (either based on weight or distance) that may be added at a later time.
4. What forms of payment do you accept?
If a business accepts cash-only, they most likely aren’t the most reputable. Find out what forms of payment your potential movers accept, and while you’re at it, it’s good to know if deposits are refundable.
5. Does your NY moving company recommend a good company if you wish to declare valuation?
In general, basic valuation is 60 centers per pound per item. For an additional charge you can purchase Full Value Protection to cover all of your belongings.
6. What’s the process if something breaks or goes missing?
Ask your potential movers about their policy on missing or broken items.
During an exciting time like moving, it’s important to be completely aware and in control of what’s going on around you. By asking your potential movers these questions, you’ll have a solid understanding of the moving process, their expertise, and exactly how well your items are going to be handled.