One of the more pleasant ways of moving an entire household is with the assistance of a professional moving company. When hiring a moving company to help you with your next big move, it is beneficial to know in advance what you should be able to expect from them. Before signing a binding contract, you should be well informed as to the total amount you will be charged and the services that will be rendered throughout the move. Keep in mind that most companies offer the same basic services. It’s the extra services that a moving company provides that can make the experience more enjoyable for you.
Professional, Respectful, and Courteous Movers
As part of your experience with a moving company, you will have professional movers who take care of loading your furniture and boxes into a moving truck and unloading it at your new home. Depending on the services you select, the movers may even pack everything for you. With the responsibility of handling your personal belongings, moving companies are careful to hire movers who will treat you and your possessions with the utmost respect and care. They will be able to make sure everything is loaded onto the truck correctly and that the contents will arrive and be unloaded safely. Choosing a reputable moving company is important, since these movers will be in such intimate contact with your belongings.
Moving Truck, Equipment, and Transportation Expenses
Part of hiring a moving company is having a truck to haul your possessions in a safe manner to your new home. Professional moving companies make sure their trucks are in top shape, and the movers are proficient in making the most of every bit of space available to get all of your belongings into the truck. Blankets, dollies, and basic moving equipment are all included as well as transportation expenses like gas, mileage, tolls, and similar expenses.
Be sure to work with a moving company that has a current Certificate of Insurance (COI). If you live in a building that requires you to hire moving companies that have a COI, the company should be happy to send that to the building management in a timely fashion. It is also very reassuring to work with a company that will insure your items since they are in the care of the movers. This may be an option limited to the full-service option when the movers pack everything for you. Either way, ask the moving company if your items will be insured.
Protective Packing Materials for Your Items
The moving company will provide packing materials to help keep your belongings safe and intact during the move. Included items consist of blankets, cushions, and anything else that will make sure your antique mirror from your great-great aunt doesn’t get shattered in the move. The materials will also protect corners and surfaces of your furniture to keep them clean and safe.
Depending on the professional moving company you choose, there may be some additional services available to you. Ask the moving company if they offer:
- Packing and unpacking your belongings
- Special crating and packaging for fragile items
- Dismantling and installation of electronics and certain items
- Providing a consultation in your home
- Additional pick-ups or drop-offs as needed
- Extra insurance options
- Box delivery
Knowing what to expect from a moving company can help you to find a company that will provide the best experience for you. Enjoy the stress-relief of having a moving company assist you with your move!
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