21 Oct Five Steps for Contracting the Best Buena Park Moving Company
When you’re preparing to move, it’s easy to get lost in the details. There’s just so much to do when it comes time to move. But even though you’ve got a lot on your plate, you need to be sure you’re taking time to choose the best Buena Park moving company for your move.
As with any other service based company, when you’re hiring a moving company, you want to ensure you’re going to get the best possible level of customer service. It takes time, but it’s not rocket science. Here are five steps to help you choose the best moving company for your needs:
1. Ask others first
Don’t assume that just because a company has a nationally-recognized name that it’s a great company that you should definitely work with. In fact, you may be better off going with a local Orange County area moving company. Smaller local companies can offer competitive rates, and often have better customer service.
Want to find out for sure which companies have a great reputation for customer service? Ask around! Ask friends, family members, and coworkers who have recently moved which company they used and how they liked it. This is a great way to ensure you land a company that has a great customer service record.
Don’t know anyone who has moved recently? Ask online, or check out local review websites, Facebook groups, and forums for more information.
2. Gather quotes
Obviously, price is a big part of what you’re consider when it comes to hiring a moving company. It shouldn’t be the only thing you look at, but it is important.
The only way to find out what various moving companies in the area will charge is to get them to give you quotes. The best moving companies will send an expert to your home to go over the move with you and to give you a solid estimate.
When you’re gathering estimates, be sure that you ask for binding estimates. These are the kind that the moving company guarantees they’ll stand by – barring some contingencies. This is the kind of quote that gives you a real idea of what the final cost will be with each company. Non-binding quotes are likely to be too good to be true, and you’ll likely wind up paying more in the long run.
3. Choose a company
Once the estimates are all in, it’s time to compare, contrast, and, ultimately, choose a moving company. To get the best Buena Park moving company, you’ll want to compare the companies for many factors. For instance, who is offering the most service for the best price? Who has a great customer service reputation?
It may be worth your time to pay a little extra for a moving company that offers better service or has a better reputation. After all, these people will be handling almost all of your worldly goods. So you definitely want to choose wisely, and not based solely on price. That said, the estimates will help you get a good idea of who offers the most bang for your buck.
4. Check online
Once you’ve chosen the company you think is best – or even have narrowed down your list to two or three movers – take this next step. Before you sign the contract, take the time to vet the company online.
You definitely want to be sure, first off, that the moving company you choose to work with has an up-to-date license. You can get this information from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website. On this site, you can run the company’s official name (which may be different from its operating name) and/or DOT number through the system.
The system will then tell you whether or not the company is currently licensed, whether or not its insured, and how many accidents the company has reported in the past two years. This is vital information to ensuring that you’re choosing a truly reputable, responsible moving company that will take good care of your stuff during the moving process.
5. Sign on the dotted line
Once you’ve chosen the best Buena Park mover, you’ll need to ask for the contract. Some moving companies set up their binding quotes so that they can be signed as a contract. Others will print off a new contract.
Double check all the contract language to ensure that it’s accurate. You want to be sure that your contact information, current address, and future address are all completely perfect. Also, check to be sure that the company has included all the services that you want in the contract.
Once you’ve double checked the contract, ask the mover if there’s anything you need to do before or on moving day. Then, you can relax and take care of the other details of the move. The best moving company in the area – which you’ve taken your time finding – will handle all the other details of your move.