Hey, Daytona Beach!
Are you moving? Are you out of friends with pickup trucks who will work for pizza? Just don’t have the energy for all of that hauling?
Great. So you’re probably thinking of hiring a moving company. But that can be daunting. Like anything else, if you don’t know what you’re getting into, it can come back to bite you pretty hard.
When you’re hiring movers in Daytona Beach or anywhere else, a few simple tasks upfront will save you a lot of headache in the future.
Why should you worry so much about movers?
Because they’re going to have all of your stuff.
Yep. All of it – and since you don’t really know these people, that can be a deeply stressful experience. Why wouldn’t you be worried? If you want to alleviate some of that concern, what you should do is …
Well, read this article!
At Movers Daytona Beach, we’re all about helping. Helping hands are our business, but helping you choose the right mover for YOU – even if that isn’t us – is our top priority.
So let’s dig in, and we’ll go over our foolproof plan to avoid choosing the wrong moving company. We’ll cover:
A major mistake many people make is waiting until the days leading up to the move to try to hire movers. That doesn’t typically work; reputable movers keep a pretty full schedule. Furthermore, you won’t be able to compare quotes and get the best price, or do any of the other things we recommend for everyone before anything gets boxed and moved.
A good general guideline would be this: if movers are available at the last minute, it might be a sign that they’re not particularly good movers. You wouldn’t hire an out-of-work plumber or an HVAC contractor who had no customers! Apply the same logic to the people who will move your stuff.
Movers marketing themselves as “a couple guys and a truck” or something similar is a way of evoking a feeling of familiarity. The reality is two guys and a truck, with no other appropriate qualifications, would make for pretty terrible movers. Reputable movers carry insurance, require their workers to meet a certain standard, and carry all the equipment you’ll need, from forearm dollies and hand-trucks to piano movers. They’ll also have plenty of packing material and blankets and straps on hand to ensure that things don’t get damaged in transit.
If you’ve ever moved yourself, you should be pretty aware that it’s a complex process, especially if you don’t want things busted up.
Any company worth dealing with has been in business for at least a little while, and in today’s world, if you’re in business, you’re online. You should check not only their website, but whatever the search engines turn up, as well.
Looking at reviews on Google, Yelp, BBB, Angie’s List, Thumbtack, and similar sites is a great way to get the scoop on a company. Online reviews are the modern day word of mouth. Those reviews usually present a pretty reliable look at how good a company is at their work.
Make sure to look for useful details in reviews. Were they on time? Did they stick to their quote? Was anything damaged? Were they polite and in uniform?
Or, from the other end, were they shady? Was their truck barely running and dirty? Did they drop grandmother’s favorite vase? Did they damage an expensive headboard? When it comes to movers, mistakes are telling.
Many items require specialty equipment to safely transport. Offhand, that might include heavy gym equipment, antique furnishings, pianos, and pool tables. A company that is able to handle this kind of job will customarily say so somewhere on their website.
If they don’t, check their reviews and see if those things are mentioned. If you still don’t have an answer, you can always call and make sure.
If they haven’t got experience with this kind of thing but reassure you they’re up to the job, they are probably not up to it. If they say they’ve moved pianos but they don’t have piano carry dollies, move on. With moving companies, experience counts for an awful lot more than muscles and good intentions.
You should also be sure their truck is large enough to fit all of your stuff. Experienced movers can estimate that kind of thing pretty easily. But do your homework and ask a lot of questions.
There are plenty of people out there calling themselves “professional movers” in Daytona Beach, when all they are is two enterprising guys with a rented uHaul and a cheap dolly or two from Home Depot. If they don’t have the paperwork and website to back up their claims, go somewhere else.
You can never have too much information. Once you’ve whittled your options down to a manageable list by flagging people with the wrong gear, no insurance, and bad reviews, it’s time to get estimates.
Any company that can’t give you an onsite estimate should be crossed off of your list. We recommend getting two or three in-person estimates before making a final decision. This way, not only do you have clear estimated pricing that you can use to ballpark your final costs, you’ll have a chance at meeting the people you’re planning to trust with your stuff.
It’s a win-win.
Don’t just ask for raw numbers when you’re getting quotes. Ask what’s included, as well. You may find that the lowball quote you’re excited about is lacking a few necessary items (like a second pair of hands, for instance) that you’ll absolutely need to get the job done. Plenty of movers get business by lowballing and then inflating their quotes due to “unforeseen” costs.
Avoid those by being practical. Ask:
Also, regarding those questions: ask them of yourself, too. Do you want movers to pack everything for you, or is that an invasion of privacy? Do you have access to boxes or other materials, or is that an expense you’re unprepared for? Knowing what to expect of yourself leading up to your big move will help you get a spot-on estimate.
The adage goes something like this:
You can have it done well.
You can have it done fast.
You can have it done cheap.
Now pick two of those, and that’s reality.
High quality movers might not be the cheapest, but the cheapest movers might break your television, so there’s definitely a middle ground somewhere in there. Weigh what’s included, the quality of their reviews, and your gut feeling during the in-person estimate. You might find that one mover already stands out from the pack.
If so, great! If not …
Great reviews aren’t the whole story. Confirm with your shortlist that they’re licensed and legally able to operate in the state or states involved in your move. If it’s an interstate move, they’ll be registered with the Department of Transportation. You’ll be able to acquire their license number and check it against the DOT database for free online.
Also, many companies choose to operate without insurance. We advise (in the strongest possible terms)against working with those companies. Remember – literally everything you own is in their hands. If they get into an accident and all of your things are destroyed, their insurance is your only chance to recoup that loss.
The final arbiter has to be you. Who felt right? Who felt like they were trying too hard to close the sale? Who showed up for the estimate in dirty jeans, driving a truck you wouldn’t trust to carry your china cabinet? If you’ve followed the rest of our instructions, your instincts will carry you safely the rest of the way.
You’re no fool, after all.
And while this article is not a sales pitch, we do encourage you to add us to your shortlist and call us for a 100% free in-person estimate. We’re Daytona Beach’s best and most reliable moving company, and we’re only a phone call away.