Hire the Best Moving Company for the Job
One of the most aggravating and stressful things you will ever go through in life is planning a move, particularly if it involves moving across country. But, this doesn’t have to be the case. This aggravation can be avoided if you just take the time to do some research, plan, and find the best moving company for your job.
Here are some tips for hiring the best people in British Columbia to handle your next move. The best resource you can use for this is the Consumer Checklist for Choosing a Moving Company that was prepared by the Office of Consumer Affairs, Industry Canada. Also, be sure to check out the Good Practice Guidelines for Movers.
3 Considerations Before Hiring Movers in British Columbia
We have put together a short checklist of the 3 key factors to consider before hiring movers in BC
1. Ask questions…lots of them. The first thing you need to do when you have chosen a possible moving company is to ask them lots of questions. Be sure to find out the answers to the following:
- Is your company insured?
- Does your company have your own equipment or will you be subcontracting that part out to someone else?
- Who will actually be performing my move?
- Do you properly secure the moving van if it has to be left unattended overnight?
- What storage center will you be using for my move?
- Do you have a Workers’ Compensation Board certificate for your employees?
2. Get an estimate. Once your questions have been satisfied, have the company come to your home for an inspection of what has to be moved. They should then provide you with an estimate of what your move will cost. If the company does not do an in-home inspection or provide quotes based off this inspection, then find another company. Also, be sure to get everything in writing. That way, you have evidence that you can use to support your claim if something goes wrong. This written estimate should also include not just the cost, but also the delivery date so you can later hold the movers to that day.
3. The devil’s in the details—The last thing you need to do is iron out all the details as part of the formal contract with the movers. This should include:
- Grand total for the bill including all applicable taxes and the deposit. (Never trust a mover that takes cash only and doesn’t charge taxes.)
- A list of who is responsible for each aspect of the move. For instance, will you pack the items while they move them? Will they pack and move everything?
- Will the movers bring their own supplies such as boxes and packing tape.
- Will there be any special moving items such as pianos?
- Will there be a need for border crossings that may require special documentation?
- Can you get replacement value insurance for your items?
By being diligent during the hiring process of a moving company, you are taking steps to protect yourself and your valuables well before the move. It will make your move less of a headache in the long run and help avoid any unwanted surprises. If you or someone you know if looking to hire a mover in BC – please get in touch with Canadian Easy Movers for a FREE in house estimate.