Which Mover Do I Choose? Tips From Real Estate Expert Craig Summers
Moving can be an exhausting and sometimes trying experience. The only people that really enjoy it are movers. When choosing movers you have to take your time and make the right decision, according to GA real estate professional Craig Summers.
You will want to pick at least three companies to come out and give you their idea on how much you have. Some may not want to come out to your home and will try to give you a quote over the phone. This is not a good idea as people have different opinions on how much stuff you may own.
When you meet members of a company show them everything. Let them take notes so there are no surprises later. This is a common problem with movers. Once they load their truck they suddenly determine that you had more belongings than they realized. This means additional costs for you. The time to find this out is before you hire them.
When you decide to go with a particular company do some research on them. Check to see if there are any outstanding complaints or, worse, pending court cases. Also see if they are members of local groups such as the Better Business Bureau. Being involved in the community means they care about their standing. If you can’t find a lot out about someone it may be better to move on to someone else.
Get all quotes in writing. Make sure that you ask about insurance and get specific guidelines about what it covers. You also need to see their proof of insurance and their business license. If they are offended that you ask to verify these, find another company that isn’t.
Your quote should state exactly how many men they will supply and how long they plan to take. The quote should also be reasonable. You will be able to judge whether you think they can make those numbers. Also, verify what happens if they go over the time limit. Additional charges can rack up very quickly.
The moving company will require a down payment to start the process. Use a credit card for this. In case there is a problem you can dispute the charge.
As the furniture is being moved into your new home check everything over the best you can. Look for breaks, dents and major scratches. If you spot something wrong bring it to their attention while they are there. Once they leave, proving anything will be next to impossible. If you spot damage have it noted on the paperwork and have the foreman sign and date it and give you a copy before they leave.
For more tips on making your move as easy as possible, contact Craig Summers with Atlanta Northwest Realty’s Paulding & Polk Team at 404 374 1620.
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