May is National Moving Month and it marks the beginning of a busy moving season that lasts through September. During this time an estimated 40 million Americans will be moving and more than half of these moves will happen between May and September. So before you start packing up your belongings remember the single most important thing to consider when moving to another community, state or abroad—finding the right movers to help you with the major event will help make this an easier transition. Moving is a daunting task especially when you are going at it alone. So when considering which moving companies to team up with, keep these helpful tips in mind:
Trusted Experience: You plan on trusting these movers with your valuable possessions so why would you settle for anything less than the best? Long standing, family-owned businesses, and businesses that employ Certified Moving Consultants who have completed the American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA) certification program and passed the final exam are all stellar choices when selecting moving companies. We also encourage you to call and speak to a representative and freely ask any questions that you may have. Don’t be afraid to ask for references; experienced and trusted companies will happily answer your questions and readily provide you with all the requested information.
Look to the Masses: With today’s instant access technology you’re only a couple of clicks away from finding online reviews on just about any professional service. What are people saying about the company? Finding a company that has above average reviews (but not perfect!) is usually your best bet. An abundance of flawless reviews generally throws up warning flags. Also be aware of fabricated, unfavorable posts which can usually be spotted if that is the user’s only review, they have no profile set-up and their post seems unreasonable. Instead, look to the consumers that genuinely provide useful information and tips. If you do find a quality review where the customer had a complaint look to the company and see how it handled the issue. Was it timely in its response? Did it strive to bring 100% satisfaction to the consumer?
Love the Earth: If you haven’t heard, there is a green movement going on. Environmentally focused companies from all over the world are finding intuitive ways to help save and give back to the earth and the moving industry is no different. When looking for quality moving companies ask what, if any, green efforts they are implementing. If you are doing the packing yourself and are just looking for a company to move the items ask if they have any green tips for packing. Forward-thinking companies will be happy to give you tips, tricks and even help execute a green move with recyclable, reusable moving bins.
Be Kind to your Wallet: Be cautious of pitches that sound too good to be true; chances are that they are. This is not to say that good deals on moving and storage facilities are not available (there are) but be wary if a company is offering services that are hundreds or thousands of dollars less….as the saying goes “you get what you pay for”. As with any professional service, thoroughly read contracts, ask questions and make sure there is an agreement on the services you are getting for which you have paid. Honest companies will not overwhelm you with hidden fees or small print but in fact will walk you through the process to ensure you understand everything every step of the way.
We are Republic Moving & Storage, proud of our reputation as an elite global mover and we look forward to working for you on your upcoming move! 619.600.0559