Posted: September 22, 2014

How to Choose a Long Distance Mover

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If you have a TV, odds are you’ve seen a newscast featuring a furniture moving horror story. They happen and they are an unfortunate black eye on an industry that is largely high in quality. In light of this, customers often ask us about these reports and how to avoid these scenarios, so we thought we’d publish a reference sheet on how to choose a mover:

  • Ask family & friends for recommendations – word of mouth of is always a great way to find a business.
  • Check with the Better Business Bureau – high complaint volumes should be a cause for concern.
  • Ask your moving consultant to perform a survey – an accurate weight estimate creates a more accurate pricing.
  • If you get multiple estimates be suspicious of a price well below the others.
  • If you receive estimates with grossly diffent weights, keep in mind that the you will most likely be charged based on actual weight of your belongings. A lower estimated weight does not necessarily mean lower cost on move day. Accuracy is key.
  • If you have concerns visit the mover’s place of business to see their equipment, personnel and warehouse.
  • Most national Van Line affiliated movers do not ask for deposits. Be suspicious of a company who wants a large deposit.
  • Ask how damage claims will be handled and find out who you would call to have this taken care of.
  • Ask that the mover to provide a committed pickup and delivery schedule.
  • Ask for the name and telephone number of the agent  nearest your destination, so you have contact at both ends.
  • Ask for a confirmation letter detailing all of your specific moving arrangements and a copy of the price quotation.

If you do your homework ahead of time it will help you make sure your move goes off without a hitch. Choosing King’s Transfer Winnipeg as your long distance mover will help as well. ;)