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The Proof Is in the Moving Details | Tri Cities Washington Real Estate
The process of picking up and moving to a new home is one that can often feel like an almost endless series of steps. You have to hire a realtor, market a property, sell your home, find a new one and eventually move in. The process can take months in a slow market and that can leave a home buyer weary at the end of the trail with the prospect of still having to move every earthly possession he has.
There are numerous ways to get through the process with the least amount of stress, but before any of that moving can take place, a moving company must first be called and hired. Just as you spent time interviewing and selecting your realtor to get the best transaction for your property, picking the best mover will give you the best move for your home with the least amount of stress.
Get to the Fine Print
So, let’s say that you’ve decide already on how you’re going to move. There are a number of options out there like packing up a semi or packing up a few pods the mover leaves on your door step, but let’s just assume that you’ve chosen the method that best fits your home. While that is certainly half the battle, selecting the actual mover can often come down to the details after you look more closely at the companies available for the method you’ve chosen.
Every mover has a different liability policy for items that are harmed during the process of the move. For full-service companies that you have hired to pack the truck for you, often damage coverage is a part of the fee you provide but every company has a different plan. When you go through collecting information for each of the options available to you, make sure you ask for a copy of the contract you would have to sign so that you can see just what your liability might be and how that liability compares to competition in the area.
Price Is not Absolute
The most common mistake in picking a mover is simply going for the cheapest one and hoping for the best. There are many times in life when the cheapest option is great for the situation, but in moving, the fine print and the company’s reputation can be big red flags for even the cheapest mover quoted. Not only should you go through the contract for details as was mentioned above, but you should talk to a physical person at each company, preferably a regional manager if it is a large corporation, to get a feel for who you’re entrusting your life’s valuables to.
Professionalism is a hallmark of a good moving company and that is what you should be looking for when conversing with a representative of the company. They know their business is based on keeping home owners happy, so a professional, helpful attitude is a must for reputable moving companies. Ask friends and neighbors what their experience moving was like and use all of these traits, including price, to form a complete opinion of a company you are considering to handle your move.
Moving day is designed to be a hectic frenzy of movers, your family, your belongings and you all working towards rooting up your life and moving it anywhere from five miles to 500 miles down the road. The situation will be difficult enough to begin with, let alone should you go with a mover that doesn’t fit your needs. Take time, don’t be swayed solely by the lowest numbers and fully investigate the company you are entrusting your life’s accumulation of belongings with.
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