If you are getting ready to move homes, you are likely looking for the best moving company to work with. So, you’re looking for a moving company that fits your needs but aren’t sure which one is the best.
To pick the best fit for you and your move, you need to know what questions to ask when hiring a moving company.
Let’s face it, moving is stressful, and trying to move everything yourself is generally not realistic. It can also lead to much more damage to your possessions than using professional movers would.
Opting for professional movers is the best option to ensure that your move goes smoothly and your possessions are moved carefully. So, without further ado, let’s get into the top three questions you should ask a moving company before hiring them.
Are You a Licensed Moving Company?
The first question you should ask is whether or not the moving company you wish to hire is properly licensed. All reputable moving companies should be licensed by both state and federal departments of transportation.
A moving company should have no issue showing you their license — if they refuse to do so or try to dodge the question, move on to another moving company.
Do You Offer Liability Coverage?
The second essential question you will want is what type of coverage or insurance the moving company offers for your possessions and your move. Coverage is crucial to any move, whether cross-country or local.
Properly licensed interstate movers must offer two types of liability coverage: released value and full value protection. According to FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration), released value protection is offered at no additional charge. Still, it offers minimal protection, whereas full value coverage ensures your mover is liable for all losses during the move.
Do You Provide the Moving Services Needed for My Move?
The next question you should ask a moving company is whether or not they provide all of the moving services you will require (or want) for the Move. Unfortunately, not all moving companies offer the same services, and if you are looking for a company that can move your belongings as well as pack them up securely from your home, you may have to do some research.
Luckily, the moving companies that offer a variety of services make your Move incredibly easy because if something comes up and you need to store your belongings for some time, or you have more items than you can pack yourself, you know that the movers will have your back.
These three questions are by no means the only ones you should ask a moving company before hiring them, but they are the most important. Once you get the answers to these questions out of the way, you can ask some of your move-specific questions, iron out the details of the move, and get started with your movers. In a way, you can consider these questions as a screening process to help you find the best moving company.
If you are looking for more tips on getting started with your move or are looking for an estimate on your upcoming move in Charleston or South Carolina, contact us today at Smooth Move!