A reliable moving company will do an inventory of all your belongings, and then determine the bulk and weight for your move. This can be done either in person or via a virtual survey. The estimator will inspect every storage area, such as cabinets, drawers, garages, and bookcases. A significant portion of the price charged by the mover is determined based on how heavy your items are and how much space they take up in the truck. It is important to understand and be as accurate as possible with this estimate.
Ask for a detailed walk-through
An estimator who only does a quick walkthrough without taking into account what you are planning to move will be off the mark. An experienced estimator will ask you about what you plan on moving from your current residence to your next. Be prepared to share with the estimator the items you do not wish to have on the truck.
Don’t pay a large deposit
Reputable moving companies won’t ask for cash or a large deposit prior to moving. Only pay for delivery. You cannot control when your belongings are returned if you pay in advance. You can protect yourself against fraud by using a credit card when you do make payments.
Avoid moving companies by changing their name
Many companies do business under different names to avoid being evaluated by the Better Business Bureau. It is important that you verify the address of the company and any information regarding insurance and licensing. Your employees should call you with the company’s full name. Check online to see if complaints have been filed against the company.
See references to movers
If friends and family aren’t able to recommend Arizona movers , you can get a list from an association such as the American Moving and Storage Association or state associations of movers. Ask any moving company for references. Let them know that you would like to have a list containing three past customers who moved in the last three months. You can call these customers to get direct answers about their experiences.
Avoid packing costs
Moving companies generally won’t be held responsible for your belongings being damaged if they pack them themselves. Your mover may charge you extra for materials and labor. Do your research on the past experience of packers before you hire them. You want to avoid getting someone who puts everything they can in a box, seals it, and doesn’t care about breakage.
Beware of hidden fees
Do you currently live in a house with two stories or are you looking to move into one? Is it possible to move from or to a 10th-floor apartment? In this case, the moving company will charge extra for climbing stairs or using elevators. You live in a narrow area that doesn’t allow for a moving van to fit. For the transport of your belongings from one truck to another, expect a surcharge. Your mover should be able to explain any additional charges that might apply.
Avoid a blank contract for a move
Never sign anything without reading it. All terms and conditions should be written. All details should be written, including the estimate of the mover and any additional fees. Also, list your pick-up and delivery times. If you don’t have your laptop labeled in the inventory form before the driver leaves, it’s unlikely that it will be there when he arrives. You can’t claim something that isn’t on the inventory list.