Modern workforce is more mobile in nature. Millennials are ready to move to take on new opportunities across states and borders.
One survey by Rent.com indicated that half of the millennials were living in other cities either renting or owning small micro apartments.
Further estimates indicate that more than 36 million Americans move during the year from one city to another. With this constant moving from one place to another, you need to hire professional services of moving companies to assist you in relocating easily.
Here are seven important things you must know before hiring them:
1. A professional mover always has a license
It is often the case that your van man is an ordinary Joe who is doing it as a part-time job. Moving requires careful handling of your stuff and there are chances of damage during the transit.If your driver is an amateur with no license and insurance, you are surely going to bear a heavy cost of this simple mistake. Always check if they are licensed or not.
2. They are often local
Most man and van services – smaller moving services – are local in nature, therefore, you can easily find them either on craigslist or gumtree. Finding a good reliable local moving company is the relatively easier option for you instead of hiring someone who is located outside your city.
3. A moving company does more than just move your stuff
A good moving company can offer you a comprehensive package of services and you should always make a cost-benefit analysis before accepting any offer. Moving companies offer extra services such as crating, packing assembling and storage services. If you want temporary storage, a moving company may offer that. If you want to move your car or boat, moving companies can offer you that service also.
4. They offer tracking services
A good moving company will always offer you a tracking service so that you can track where your cargo is. Cargo sent through the air is relatively expensive whereas if it is moved by ship, it costs less. As such, tracking services for any mode of shipment is provided by the moving companies and you should specifically ask for them.
5. Never deal with the driver
It is often the case that driver and the person who actually makes a deal with you are two different individuals. It is always preferable to actually strike a deal with the person who gives you the estimate. Smaller moving companies hire drivers who can indirectly try to make more money from you.
6. Flat vs. time-based rates
Pricing offered by moving companies can be either flat or time-based. Some movers will offer you quotes on the basis of a number of items to move. Whatever your situation is, always compute which pricing structure suits you more. Sometimes, time-based rates will be more beneficial to you if you can offer to move some items yourselves or reduce the number.
7. Never pay in cash and to the driver directly
Chances are that your driver will certainly offer you a cheaper service provided you cancel the deal with the company. In such scenario and almost in every deal, it is always better to deal with the moving company directly instead of paying anything in cash to the driver. Always deal with the company directly.
Make sure you understand how moving companies work, as hiring a moving company can be a nightmare if you fail to plan accordingly. Always prepare and do not try to find simple hacks to save money because if you directly deal with the company, it will be lot cheaper and safer for you to move your belongings.