You have decided to change your address and move to another location. Whether it is to an apartment community or to a private rental home contacting a reputable Real Estate Agent or Apartment Locator Service will make your job much easier. Apartment Locators take all of the guess work out of the process and help narrow down the results for you. An Apartment Locator will ask you questions about your search in an effort to eliminate apartment communities that may NOT be in your financial budget or areas of town that are too far in distance from where you want to live. If you are using an Apartment Locator or Apartment Finder service they will also have connections with moving companies in the city you plan to move to. Most moving companies work with or contract with the Apartment Locators In Dallas – Ft. Worth area and can provide you another added value and save you time and money searching for the right mover. If you decide you want to contract with the moving company on your own – here are a few things you will want to keep in mind as you go about hiring and contracting with a moving company.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. You are trusting the moving company to transfer your personal belongings across town from one location another. Here are some great ideas to consider from one of our local moving companies:
Make sure you fully understand the services the moving company offers and the rate at which those services can be provided. It’s also wise to check your state’s moving and storage association to learn local regulations that apply to movers in your area.
Below is a list of questions you should ask your mover as you shop for the perfect fit.
- Is your moving company licensed?
- Does your company charge by the piece or by the hour?
- Do you have a minimum charge? How do you charge after the minimum is met — in 15-minute increments or every half hour?
- Do you charge extra for larger items such as piano moving, large screen televisions, or any extra flights of stairs to move items on? (This is not unusual)
- Do you charge for the travel time from your office to my home?
- Do you charge extra for moves in the evenings or on the weekends?
- What payment options do you offer? (Many companies require a deposit.)
- Do you have full-time employees or do you use temps and day labor? (Be cautious of companies that use temps or day labor because they may not be properly insured.)
- Do you carry Worker’s Compensation for your employees?
- What kind of training have your movers and drivers completed?
- Are items insured during the move? (Even if a mover is bonded and insured, it doesn’t mean that your items are covered during the move. Some states require that a company put a valuation of 60¢ per pound of coverage.)
- What kind of cancellation policy do you offer? (You should always be able to cancel or postpone until a few days before your move.)
- Do you offer free moving quotes? (For homes larger than three bedrooms, try to get an on-site estimate done. Be thorough in identifying all the items you need moved. Do you have any suggestions on how to make the move easier? (Movers who care about customer service and making your move a positive experience will do all they can to help you.)
- Do you have a contact number for the day of the move should any challenges arise?