Angi, formerly known as Angie’s List, knows that moving to a new state can be a big adventure. Any time you are moving across state lines, you will need to hire an interstate moving company, as opposed to hiring intrastate movers who only move within state lines and must abide by those state laws. Here are a few of the tips that can help you when you are looking to hire interstate movers.
Attempt to Declutter Prior to Moving
One of the best tips to keep in mind when you are looking to move is that you should always attempt to declutter prior to moving. If you can declutter prior to getting an estimate to move, that is even better. You do not need to move items you do not use or items that are broken from one location to another. Decluttering helps you to get rid of items you no longer need, and helps to ensure you are not paying to move items you no longer have a use for. Decluttering prior to moving can help to reduce your moving expenses, while also helping you to go into a new home without any clutter or excess.
Research to Do Before Hiring a Company
Anytime you are looking to hire a moving company, whether it be intrastate or interstate movers, Angi strongly recommends that you research the company. You will want to talk to the company, do a quick Google search for the company, and talk to people who have used the moving company recently. All of the information you obtain will help you determine what past customers think of the company, which will help you determine if they are reputable and reliable. While no online moving company is going to please one hundred percent of their clients, you should be looking for patterns, such as a mover who is regularly late in dropping off loads or movers who have multiple reviews for broken items. These patterns will let you know the real story behind moving companies.
Questions to Ask Prior to Hiring Moving Companies
Before you hire a moving company, there are many important questions that you want to take the time to ask. One question that you want to ask is whether you are charged by the pound for your belongings, or whether you are charged for the amount of time it takes movers to box everything up. Another important question to ask is whether the delivery date is an estimate or whether it is a requirement. Also be sure to ask if the company is using a tracking system so you can track your belongings at all times and see where they are at. Lastly, ask a moving company how they screen employees. Do they background check all employees? Do they outsource moving work to people they do not know? You want to know who is coming and going from your home, so this is important to consider.
Obtaining Estimates and Signing a Contract
The last step in the hiring process is to obtain a written estimate and then sign a contract. As you look to obtain an estimate, ask if the contract is binding or non-binding. If the contract is non-binding, the movers may be able to charge you more if they underestimated the cost of the move. When you are ready to sign a contract, ask if you pay the entire amount upfront or when your items are delivered. Once you have signed a contract, you have hired the moving company, so you want to ensure you ask any questions and know how much you will be paying prior to signing a contract with an interstate moving company.
Angi, formerly known as Angie’s List wants to help make your move as stress free as possible. Hiring movers is one of the best ways to do that. Movers can help you move your belongings from one location to another as easily as possible. The above tips will help you to select the right moving company, which in turn, can help to drastically decrease your stress and the strain on your body when you are moving.