If you’ve been following some of our recent blog posts, you’ve seen more than a few blogs about the types of things you should look for when you hire a moving company, along with some of the warning signs that should have your running in the other direction.
For this post, we’d like to continue to hammer these points home.
When you hire movers, you’re hiring a company that will be charged with carefully handling all of the items in your house, your studio or your condo, so you’ll want to make sure you’re working with a company that’s both reputable and experienced.
Below are the top 5 things you shouldn’t do when you hire a moving company in Vail/ Summit County
- If you like the quote you got from the first company you called, that’s not to say you shouldn’t call at least two others. Don’t stop with just one! When you get the quotes, you’ll want to compare costs, experience and you’ll want to get a good sense of the types of services they provide. Are they accredited with the BBB? No? Cross them off your list. Do they have a long list good reviews on Yelp? No? Cross them off your list.
- Never, ever hire a moving company that doesn’t come to your home. When a moving company comes to your home they’ll be able to get a sense of what you’re moving, how long it will take to load and unload your items, and they’ll be able to provide you a detailed estimate based on your inventory. If a company gives you a quote over the phone, sign unseen, this is a big red flag that you’re working with an unlicensed service provider.
- Never, ever hire movers that aren’t licensed and insured. Remember, you’re placing the moves in charge of every item inside your home! If the movers do damage to the home you’re moving out of, or they do damage to the home you’re moving into, when you work with an unlicensed moving company, you’ll be on the hook to pay for those repairs. It’s also worth noting that if the movers damage your items (ie: bedframe, couch, your washer and drier), you’ll be stuck paying for those repairs, too.
- Don’t choose a mover based on price alone. Just because company A gave you the best rate, that’s not to say they’re the most qualified to handle your move. Again, as with the bullet point above, attempting to save a few bucks on the front end could cost your far more in the long run.
- If you’re not asking questions, you’re making a mistake. Be sure to ask the moving company to provide you with their registration number, along with a written quote that includes rates and estimates. Will they be using subcontractors? Do they charge additional fees? All of these things are important to know ahead of time.