Tips for Hiring a Moving Company
by Sam Barkley of The Lincoln Moving & Storage Co. (Associate Member)
Booking a move with a non-reputable company is more common than one may think; while it is most common during the summer, it still happens year round and often results in a bad experience. Unfortunately every year some consumers need a last minute mover because of this, but most movers become booked out quickly, especially during the summer, making it hard to find a replacement on short notice. This is why it's so important to find a reputable company from the beginning. Here at The Lincoln Moving & Storage Co. we pride ourselves on providing you the best moving experience we can and want to offer some tips to finding others doing the same.
One step to choosing the best mover for your needs is to gather information, and this can start online. Here's a few recommended sites to use:
- The BetterBusiness Bureau (www.bbb.org)
- American Moving and Storage Association (moving.org)
- Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (https://omcis.puc.state.oh.us/public/search.aspx)
These sites can help you learn about the history and ratings of the company, which may include some previous customer comments. These can also help inform you as to whether or not they are accredited with any or all of these particular groups. Another way to help you choose your movers is to ask for referrals from your family, friends, colleagues, etc.
When gathering information about the companies you will also want to ensure that they are bonded and insured; as well as asking about the valuation options that would be offered to you. This is important to know as it helps cover your belongings for potential repairs or replacements. This can also be a good time to look into your rights and responsibilities when you move, which can be found online.
Getting a proper estimate will help you choose your mover as well. This means that not every move can or should be booked over the phone. We advise that you not book a move online because it leaves a higher risk of essential information being missed, resulting in potential problems for you and the mover. When you call, the company can help you determine if an in-home survey is needed or if your move can be booked over the phone. An in-home survey can often be beneficial and here at The Lincoln Moving & Storage Co. we offer those surveys for free.
Last but not least if you are booked with a moving company be sure to read, sign and return any required contract for your move, such as the Bill of Lading. If you do not receive paperwork be sure to reach out to the company to ensure that everything is in place for your move prior to your moving date.
For more questions or to book your move with The Lincoln Moving & Storage Co. please feel free to call!
216.741.5500 OR firstname.lastname@example.org
Author: Samantha Barkley