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When you need to relocate the biggest problem is in finding the right movers. If you find the right movers they may be exorbitantly priced. A lower price could indicate a compromise on the standard and quality of work. So keeping this in mind and the safety of your furniture and other items, it is best to find a mover that suits your needs even though this may come at a higher price.
The first thing to do before relocating is to segregate the furniture that you will be taking with you from the ones you are likely to sell or dispose. This will help you estimate what you require from the movers and how big a carrier needs to be used. Once this decision is made it will be useful to have a checklist that will help you to decide the right moving company. A few pointers have been provided below:
1. The first thing is to have sufficient knowledge about the moving company to make the decision. You can always find out the credibility by asking around; this includes asking neighbors, friends, relatives etc. You can also check with the Better Business Bureau (BBB). All this will help you in deciding the worthiness of the moving company and helps in making the right decision.
2. If the moving company provides access to the disputes and insurance cell then even that is a benefit. You can check how much time they take for redressal of grievances and if they have had any major complaints in the past. If they have recently received complaints, it is a sure warning that their performance is not what you expected.
3. For local moving you are generally charged by the hour, whereas for interstate and an overseas moves they charge you depending on the mileage, the volume of goods etc. The movers also charge extra if the furniture needs to be carried up to different floors by stairs, the availability of an elevator, the traffic, and the type of transport used. All these factors affect the pricing of your move. It the price is too low or too high then it is always better to get a second opinion and be suspicious of the company.
4. It is always advisable to take moving estimates from at least three different companies before you make your final selection. The estimates are usually provided free of charge. An estimate over the phone or Internet is not substantial and it is always best to have an executive of the company come home and provide you with an estimate. There are three types of estimates that companies generally provide and are broadly classified as binding, non-binding and not-to-exceed estimates.