The truth is, nobody likes moving. No matter how excited you are to be in your new home or office, the process itself is arduous and stressful. It feels like so many things could go wrong and unexpected obstacles inevitably arise. Thankfully, moving services have never been better and more reliable. These professionals understand how complicated it is to change locations, and they are there to help. That being said, some moving companies are better than others, so here are a few tips to make sure you find the right team to help you out on the big day.
1. First things first
Probably the number one piece of advice you should take when it comes to finding good Edmonton movers is- act as soon as possible! Good news travels fast and the best companies get booked up well in advance. Leaving things until the last minute will leave you with fewer options and less negotiation power. It is never too early, so if you have made the commitment to move, it is time to start looking for the right moving company.
2. Start by asking around
As with other professional services, a recommendation from a friend or loved one can be your best bet when it comes to finding someone you can trust. There is always a higher level of accountability at play when the service knows that you have been referred to them through a third party. Listen to the advice of people who have recently used their services then get in touch yourself to see if you think the suggestion you have received will live up to your expectations.
3. Bigger is not always better
Although name recognition goes a long way in today’s competitive market, the bigger companies don’t necessarily offer you the best value for your money. That is not to say that these companies can’t be trusted, but sometimes going with a smaller organization means that there is higher accountability from management and you will have a better idea of exactly who you are dealing with. It can be very reassuring to speak directly with the owner of the company you will be dealing with, especially when it comes to something as delicate as moving your personal belongings.
4. Get an in-person estimate before the big day
Be highly suspicious of anyone offering to give you a full estimate over the phone. In order for the company to properly assess the size and scope of the job, someone needs to be present on-site. A real estimate should involve assessing the size and weight of furniture items, including taking a look inside to see what they contain. A professional will want to look inside closets and try picking up appliances, take the hands on approach as a positive sign and an indication that you are going to get an accurate quote up front.
5. Compare and review
That being said, even if you’re impressed with their approach to your in-home estimate, if the quote you are given sounds reasonable to you, it is fair to be skeptical. Ideally, you will have given yourself the time to compare several companies and get more than one estimate. Don’t be fooled by a veneer of professionalism or be bullied into thinking you have no other options. Of course you need to pay for professional services, but the fee should not feel like robbery. Don’t be shy about asking questions in order to develop a better understanding of the reasoning behind how they bill their clients and what you can expect from them on moving day.