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The Right Moving Company for You

The Right Moving Company for YouOf all the things that people do when preparing for a move, taking the time to research and select the proper moving company is one that is commonly overlooked. The reason for this is that many people believe all moving companies are the same, when in fact, they are not.

Choosing the right company can result in a much better experience, not to mention a lower price. Even if your employer is paying for your relocation, finding the right company can mean the difference between having your most precious items properly packed and looked after, or chucked carelessly in the back of a truck.

The first step in finding a moving company is scheduling estimates. The best estimates are done in-home, so the movers can see your situation and determine the true cost of your move. Before you make an appointment you should have a few things ready, such as an inventory of everything you plan on bringing along, highlighting your most valuable or fragile items. You should also know the dates of your move, whether or not storage will be required, and if you would like to use the packing services offered by the company.

During your appointment, you will want to ask the movers some questions to help you determine whether their company is right for you. What insurance is included with your moving package and what specifically does it cover? How will your items be transported? Does the company provide storage facilities, or will you have to find them on your own? What items should you pack in your own private vehicle verses the moving van? Listen carefully to the answers and take down notes. The highest cost doesn't necessarily indicate great service, or the right service for your individual needs. Knowing what you want, and speaking with at least three different companies is a good way to make sure you end up with the right one for you.

When you have your completed estimates, they should include the mileage of your move, the total number of rooms being moved, supplies needed, any additional services you will require, and the overall time it will take from start to finish. When a company gives you an estimate without knowing any of this information, it is likely that the amount will be off. It is also very important that the estimate lists the company's policy on over charging. Most companies follow a rule that the final price can not be more than 10 percent higher than the given estimate, but this is not always the case.

Finally, take some time to look over everything you have learned and make a thoughtful decision. Many people simply look up moving companies in the phone book and call the first one they see, but it costs them in the long run. With the proper information, an organized approach and an assertive attitude, you can ensure that you get the lowest price possible and have a stress free journey to your new home.

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