Picking the Right Mover

Picking the right moverIt’s moving day! Are you excited? Or, are you stressed? Moving can be an emotional time and we’d like to offer a few tips to help you manage your move when it comes to hiring the right mover.

We touched base with transportation expert Kristen Hopley for some guidance. First and foremost, Kristen advises that you should decide what level of effort you want to put into your move.  Are you willing to and have time to over see the move?  If not you need to find a reputable mover. Here’s Kristen advice for finding that trust-worthy mover for your moving day!

Ask friends and family for a recommended mover

Ask others whom you trust who they had move them and if they would recommend that mover. This is a great way to start narrowing down your list of potential moving companies.

Get 3 quotes

Contact 3 movers and request that they have a representative come into your house to do an estimate of what needs to be moved.

Make sure that the Representative comes to your home to see what they will be moving

When meeting with the representatives make sure they take the time to answer all of your questions.  They can only provide a proper quote if they know exactly what services you want.  Are you looking for a full pack or just the move?  They should explain what steps they take to protect your belongings. Do they blanket wrap your furniture, pad your bannisters, put floor runners down to protect your carpet, and if you have marble floors what type of material will they lay down (should be plywood or Masonite) to protect your floors?  The best representatives will ask to walk through the house asking you what will be moving and what is staying.  They should want to open closets and look in the basement garage and sheds. These representatives are gathering as much information as they can to provide you with an accurate quote for service.

Visit the moving facility

Request to visit their moving facility.  This is a great way to evaluate the companies level professionalism and judge their quality of service. Are the facilities clean? Is the staff friendly? Do they behave like experts in their field and are they willing to answer any further questions you have? 

Ask lots of questions as well as their advice about the services they offer

During this visit, make sure to ask questions so you can manage your expectations around preparing for the move and for the day of the move.  For example, if you are packing your own belongings into boxes ask the mover if they loan packing materials?  If not, how much do they charge for the paper and the packing boxes? 

Carefully review each quote

Once you receive all three estimates look through them carefully.  It’s important to pay attention to the details. If the movers are quoting by the hour how many men and trucks are each quoting?  Make sure they are the same.  If you are going a distance, anything over 100kms they should probably be quoting by weight and mile.  Check the weights of each quote.  What is each mover charging per pound.  When looking at your quotes make sure that everyone has included the services you are requesting.

Will they guarantee their estimate not to exceed by more than 10%?

Lastly, ask your mover of choice will they guarantee your quote within 10%.  If they say no, ask them why.  Each representative should be qualified enough to know how to create an estimate that would fall within 10%.  The reason estimates are not an exact science is, you may chose to bring goods you thought you would not and the weight of your furniture is hard to determine.

Once you’ve picked the right mover for you, the packing can begin! 

There are many ways to help manage your move to ensure you have a seamless moving day. If you have any questions about your upcoming move, ask us! Leave a comment below or give us a call at 519-586-7922.

Bonus: Packing Tips
  • Be prepared for your move!
  • Always use moving boxes.  This will make your move easier and reduce the time.
  • Have all your boxes packed before the move day.
  • Label each box with your name and the room it will go into. 
  • Use your luggage for last minute articles. 
  • Pack a box of cleaning supplies, toilet paper, facial tissue and drinks and glasses and put this in your car (provided you are driving to the new house).  

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