How to Choose a San Jose Moving Company
Choosing the right mover can be hard work. With so many moving companies and moving agents to choose from, how do you know which mover will provide you with the best service tailored to all your specific needs? There are several ways you can narrow down your choices. The Better Business Bureau receives over 7,700 complaints about movers in the United States. According to the BBB, most complaints stem from alleged lost or damaged property, but charging for un-worked hours, arriving late and not honoring estimates also made the list.
Moving day is stressful enough without having your stuff arrive broken or with a surprise bill. To avoid it, you’ll want to vet potential moving companies. It simply takes a little extra time, and can save you from pulling your hair out.
Get Referrals – Searching the Internet for moving companies can be daunting. Who can you trust more to give you the most honest information than your friends and relatives? Start by asking friends, family and coworkers if they can recommend a moving company. If you’re working with a real estate agent, ask the agent for a referral. Ask them for any recommendations and advise that based on their previous moves to a different state.
Follow the Rule of Threes – Don’t settle for the first estimate you receive. Instead, ask at least three different companies to give you an in-person estimate, since no company can really give you a thorough estimate without seeing the job.
Watch Out for Red Flags – Keep an eye out for red flags during the estimate. For example, most reputable moving companies won’t ask for a cash deposit before you move. If the mover seems antsy to get the money upfront, it might not be a legit business. Additionally, during the estimate, note how professional the movers seem. If they show up late, seem unsure of their abilities, or can’t answer your questions, look for another company. Be wary of any movers who show up in a rented moving van. A professional company will own its own equipment.
Make Sure the Mover Is Licensed and Insured – The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issues a U.S. DOT number to licensed interstate movers. If you’re moving out of state, verify the moving company’s license through the FMCSA’s protectyourmove.gov site and request the company’s U.S. DOT number; you’ll need it if you have to file a claim against the company later. If you’re staying in state, check with your local consumer affairs agency. The DOT maintains records on each moving company’s and moving agent’s liability and cargo insurance and makes sure that it operates safely. A good status with the DOT will ascertain that you have chosen a safe, bonded mover to ship your goods. You can view the information on their website.
Check the Better Business Bureau – Research the moving company’s track record with the BBB, which you can do free online. Stick with moving companies that are BBB accredited or at least have a good rating. If the moving company isn’t listed with the BBB, consider looking for one that is.
Ask About Professional Accreditation – Trade associations vet companies before giving them an approved seal. Look for a San Jose moving company carrying the American Moving and Storage Association’s ProMover logo.
Verify the Address – Ask for a business card or pull up the mover’s website and then look up the listed address online. Make sure the moving company’s address is listed and registered under the company names. Be wary of any address listed under a residential name.
While the moving experts guarantees that you will get competitive prices on your move, prices are just one factor to consider. Work with only the most respected and reliable moving companies in the industry that represent quality and excellence.