If you’re planning a big move, you’re likely considering hiring professional movers for your new start. This is a great idea because it puts your mind at ease and allows you to focus on things like transferring medical records, arranging for pet care, speaking to utility companies – all things that you can’t delegate out to professionals. You will still have to organize things somewhat to make sure that things are packed up in a way that makes sense to you, because this will save you a lot of headache when unpacking later. However, there are three things to NEVER do when hiring professional movers, or you could find yourself with much more headache than help.
Three Things NEVER To Do When Hiring Movers
- Not hiring a licensed company
- Paying them before Unloading
- Leaving valuables with them
Things break, and things get lost. You want a licensed company that has insurance, ratings from other people who have used them, and a sound reputation. It might cost less in the short term to hire an unlicensed moving company, but it could end up costing you thousands – imagine if one of their vehicles was in an accident or caught on fire. Make sure you have someone who take inventory of the type of things they will be moving, and someone who is willing to make a visit to your home to look at the type and amount of items they will be moving. This is a good sign of a quality moving company.
Some moving companies may require a down payment, but most won’t require you to pay in full until the job is finished. If they demand anything otherwise, take your business elsewhere! It has happened to people that they pay a company only to find at unpacking that items are missing or damaged. You want to be sure the job is done and done correctly before you pay.
Finally, it’s best practice to not leave valuables with them – meaning credit cards, expensive jewelry, or even things you cannot replace, such as baby books and old family photos. These are safer with you, because only you know their sentimental worth, and it’s just good practice to not leave important documents or credit cards with people you don’t know, even if they are fully vetted and insured. These things should be with you in (if not on your person, in your trunk, locked up securely during the move.) They are also some of the first things you will want to secure after you move.
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