Moving is an investment of both your time and your money. Odds are if you’re looking for a moving company, you’ve already sunk a lot of both into the place your family is moving to, and you’re doing everything you can to minimize costs wherever possible.
But when it comes to cutting corners on moving expenses,using a unknown company solely because of a lower price quote is a huge mistake. Yes, you might save money in the short term, but consider these factors before you decide who to trust with the transport of the things that make your house a home.
- Who’s moving my stuff? Professional moving companies hire and/or train employees with essential skills to minimize the risk of damage. These are employees who sign contracts, have real working hours, and a boss they report to. When you call a number off a sign on the side of the road, you get a guy and a couple of his friends or day laborers who are seeing the move solely as a means to an end.
- What equipment are they using? Professional moving companies use trucks that pass rigorous inspections. For instance, all trucks used by Foxx Movers are air-ride equipped to insure your items don’t bounce around while in transit. Amatuer movers usually use their own vehicles or something they’ve purchased at a used car dealership or an auction. And it’s not just the trucks – professionals invest in moving supplies like thick blankets and industrial-quality plastic wrap to make sure every item gets to your new home in the exact condition it left your old place. Amateur movers tend to stretch out the length of their supplies as long as possible to keep from having to invest more money into their business.
- What happens when something goes wrong? The movers arrive and the worst has happened – your framed wedding portrait has inexplicably cracked. When you’re using a professional moving company, the solution to this problem is a painless process. An apology from both the work crew, a new frame is bought and the moving company pays for the whole thing, with a follow-up from the company to make sure you’re 100% satisfied. When the amateur crew sees what’s happened they offer… an apology, maybe? A shrug of the shoulders to let you know it happens from time to time? An offer to knock $100 off the cost of the move, even though you know it will take four times that amount to replace the frame? This might be the most important difference of all between professional and amateur moving companies. Professionals’ biggest concern is safely moving your valuables from one point to the next. Amateurs want to get all your stuff in the truck and get paid.
The lure of picking the cheapest option when it comes to a major expense like moving can be quite tempting, but the short-term savings very rarely pay off in the long run. Consider moving an investment and make an educated choice to protect your pocketbook and your valuables.