When choosing a moving company, get at three to five estimates from reputable, licensed and insured movers. They should be registered with the State as movers and have a registration number, which means they are insured and meet all legal requirements to operate. If they only have an MC, ICC or DOT number they may sometimes be just brokers or middlemen who contract your move to others and an occupational license # is not sufficient either.
Have a representative from their company come to your home and give you an onsite visual price quote. Do your homework before choosing. Do an internet search of their address and phone number. If they operate from their apartment or use a cell phone they are probably not your best choice. If they only own one truck they are probably not your best choice. If they cannot provide a copy of their State Mover Registration they probably are not your best choice. If they are in another State or hours away on the other side of your State they are probably not your best choice. If they just started their company that year they are probably not your best choice gold coast removals. If they have opened and closed under other company names they are probably not your best choice. Simple division of corporation searches to find the company owners and associated partners name and simple web searches of their names sometimes results in mugshots and all sorts of reasons for them to probably not be your best choice.
With a poor economy there has been a recent outbreak of rogue movers. The moving industry in itself has received a tarnished image over the years from unethical moving and Vanline trucking companies using bait and switch tactics with vague fine print to increase prices which double and sometimes triple the original price. Most other companies and local competition fall short of customer expectations. With the current unemployment market we have also seen a recent increase of rogue movers who out of work in their particular industry such as let’s say construction and are now illegally operating by renting trucks and placing ads on the internet. These inexperienced individuals are unlicensed, uninsured and the nightmare stories and unprofessional results continue to grow. The old saying you get what you pay for unfortunately holds true when it comes to the moving industry.
Legitimate companies hourly rates may normally average from $90 to $110 per hour. Most reputable companies pricing by a flat rate inventory quote will be priced within an average range of $150 higher or lower of each other. The extremely high price quote and unrealistic low price quote will always stand out for you to be leary of. The low price is sometimes a bait and switch. They offer low rates to earn your business, load the items then ask for a higher price or they won’t unload your items. They have hidden fees and add on charges in the fine print. The highest price sometimes comes from inexperience or just plain greed. Whether it is a flat inventory rate or an hourly rate a good rule of thumb you will pay for a quality move is $100 per hour. If you or they estimate it will take three hours to load and three hours to unload your paying $600 and so on. Don’t be fooled by cubic square feet or weight as those estimates almost always increase substantially. Additionally these large trucking companies will normally not guarantee your unload date if out of area or out of state and normally will not guarantee the same movers that loaded will be the same movers that unload. Trucking and Vanline companies that use tractor trailers sometimes mix your items with other peoples and with the German cockroach and bed bug problems spreading through the US it sometimes may not your best choice to go with that type of company.
Don’t be fooled by non binding or binding estimate. An estimate is an estimate. If they offer a flat rate price total make them put in writing the words all inclusive, no hidden fees and guaranteed not to exceed this price. Don’t let them fool you into thinking that the hourly rate is no good. The hourly rate works great for most people because you get to control your move. The clock doesn’t lie. You can pay for just the services you need that way. Just make sure on an hourly rate there is no fine print that everything must be wrapped. We have seen recent videos on the internet where they blanket and shrink wrap everything turning what should have been a six hour move into a ten hour move. If they ask for payment prior to unloading they are probably not your best choice.