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Choosing The Right Mover

Apr 13, 2008
Moving can be stressful enough without having to deal with unprofessional movers and broken items. Knowing how to choose a moving company can help ensure you and your belongings will arrive safely and securely.

Getting Recommendations

First, you will need to identify several movers who offer the right services for the type of move you will be making. Whether you are moving locally, interstate, or internationally, the type of services you need will vary. Talk to friends, neighbors, family, and colleagues to see if anyone can offer a recommendation. Likewise, they may be able to warn you against a company that has a bad reputation.

The internet is also a good resource for finding a mover. Many companies offer testimonials so you can get a feel for the experiences of others. There are also websites that serve as a clearinghouse of reviews of many companies on one website - check to see if your local area has one. Once you have narrowed your choices it pays to check with the local consumer interest organization to ensure there have not been any complaints filed against the company. Be wary of any online brokers who will later outsource the move to another company.

Interviewing Moving Companies

Once you have identified companies that have a good reputation, make an appointment to drop in and talk to them. Prepare any questions that might pertain to special issues related to your move to ensure they are can offer you all the services you need. Make sure the people you talk to are attentive and pay attention to your needs and concerns. Any rudeness or inattentiveness should be considered a bad sign. You have options - you don't have to put up with unprofessional behavior. See how long the company has been in business and how experienced the drivers and movers are. Also, check to see if they have all of the necessary licenses for the services they offer.

Low hourly rates are not necessarily a good thing. Good moving companies will move your things in a professional manner in the most efficient way possible regardless of the payment arrangement. Hourly arrangements can make more unscrupulous workers prolong the time it takes to move your things - and there is little you can do after the fact. Make sure you review the claims process as well - even the best movers can sometimes break things. Make sure you know how you will be reimbursed.

Special Considerations for Interstate and International Moves

Usually there is a federal agency that regulates interstate movement of goods. Make sure your moving company has all necessary permits and licenses for long-distance moves. You can check for the registration yourself - the process will vary by country so check with the appropriate federal agency for the country in which you live. The same holds true for international moves - but you also need to be aware of additional taxes that may accrue in the course of an international move. There is also significantly more paperwork for an international move as customs officials will have to process the shipment both leaving the origination country and when entering the destination country. Make sure all necessary forms have been completed correctly - any mistakes can delay your shipment.
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Dedicated to providing a first class service at an affordable price, Jones removals is a leading removalist in Sydney. Their team are friendly, courteous and most importantly they treat your possessions and home like there own.
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