Finding A Moving Company That’s Right For You
Moving time can be very exciting and also a little bit scary. With kids adjusting to new schools and parents getting settled in new jobs and getting to make an unknown town home, it will definitely keep a family busy. Add to this situation additional tasks such as closing escrow, planning budgets and schedules, and saying "goodbye" to one city and "hello" to another, it's no surprise that the choice of a moving company is often far down on the list of a moving family's priorities.
But talk to enough people who have moved, and you'll soon find that there are many families that wish they'd put a little more thought into the decision. It's not unheard of for careless moving companies to have been the cause of destroyed furniture and lost or destroyed family heirlooms.
It's not uncommon to be a little strapped for cash around the time of a big move, so it's a good idea to shop around well in advance and budget for paying a company you feel comfortable with. Be sure to ask about guarantees and liability limits, and try to get a sense of whether or not the company is professional as well as upfront about their costs.
Different companies may offer better rates for long distances than others, so be sure to shop around if you're setting up a home far away from your current location.
As with any service — from a dentist to a mechanic — it's usually best to go with a company recommended by someone whose opinion you trust. There are many large companies regarded as reputable, but there are also plenty of smaller companies that provide excellent service.
Keep in mind that some companies are specialists in certain areas. For example, it's a much better idea to hire a piano moving company to move a piano. They'll have the experience and equipment necessary to safely transport your instrument, as well as an understanding of what your piano means to you.
Smaller, valuable items are best packed yourself and moved in your own vehicle, and theft and damage are — sadly — always possible when moving. Finally, you might also want to consider hiring a truck and having a few strong friends over for a moving party (you're more likely to find takers if you whip up a barbecue). It's a way to save money and be certain that only people you trust are handling your valuables.