What to check before signing a moving contract
When you are trying the move, a whole world can suddenly seem like a much more confusing and unnecessarily complicated place than it used too. The first casualty of the moving process is convenience. Suddenly you have to leave the neighborhood or community you know, you have to disconnect from utilities you youse, pack items that are heavy or never meant to move around much and so on. The complex pieces of your life are made manifest as you pick them up and try to put them somewhere else. In this complicated task, however, you are not alone. Some men and women made it their job to help people move from one place to another, protecting their valuables and doing the hard lifting (literary). We expect that the vast majority of you will be willing to enlist their help. With that in mind, what are the things you ought to check before signing a moving contract?
Signing a moving contract in good faith
First and foremost, one thing needs to be clear. A moving contract (or any other contract, really) is set in stone. Yes, it can be changed, but only under special circumstances of both the companies and your wishes. In all other cases, it is fair to say that a signed contract in unchangeable. That is a good thing. It makes it so that you can count on the services you paid for. However, it also means you have to sign a deal with a company that is reputable and entirely fair. In other words, signing a moving contract has to be in good faith.
So what do we mean by this? To have an honest agreement, you need a trustworthy company. For example, if you want to move to the Sterling, Va, you want to have licensed moving services Sterling VA. When signing a moving contract for Ontario, you seek licensed professional movers for Ontario region, etc. In other words, do your research. There are associations of international, regional and national movers. Try to find yours, or ask the company to point you in the right direction.
It is in the interest of any legitimate business to present itself as such, and there for you shouldn’t have much trouble finding proof. Ask their representative. They should be more than happy to help. But, if the representative is shady or misleading, and information he provides convoluted, you have just found red flags. In this case, do not go for signing a moving contract with them, as you cannot be sure they will uphold their end of the bargain.
So where do you look for information on your preferred business? At their website, of course. Any company with a reputable business will invest in the look of their website. It is in their best interest for information to be available to you, the customer. It is here that you should look for licensing.
But, of course, there is more to moving companies than what they say about themselves. You have to trust these people to pack and move your whole life to a new location. Best way to see if they are up to the task is to find out the reviews (for example on Yelp or Google) or any other site that host customer reviews.
So what to look for in these reviews? Are you looking for five stars all the time? Not necessarily. Look for what reviews praise and what are their complaints. They should be grounded and specific. Just ten, five stars reviews with “Good professionalism” can seem insincere. Are there any mediocre reviews? Read them and see if the company responded.
So, all in all, look for:
- Honest reviews – they will help you form opinions before signing a moving contract
- Mediocre reviews – if there are any
- Look of their website – how professional is their presentation.
Insurance, just in case
Good sleep is a thing worth every penny, so please check the mover’s insurance. You can talk to them and go over details.
Unforeseen things on the road can happen, but they should impact you. That is why you should be ensured that any such accident won’t result in your monetary losses. So for the peace of mind, research the insurance they offer before signing a moving contract.
Packaging and how they deal with it
Packing and moving your items is an essential part of every move. While you can pack a lot by yourself or by the help of friends, you need to be sure that big items, like furniture, is packaged and moved properly. If you are moving to Quebec, find out what movers will move instruments or furniture you have, look for furniture movers Sterling VA when Vancouver is on your mind, etc.
Moving quotes are an essential part of the pre-signing process. There are two kinds of estimates they, the moving company, can offer. They can either give a rough, nonbinding estimate, or a proper listing of your costs. Always be sure to know which one is which, as moving quotes are what will help you build a budget.
Extra expenses and moving discounts
And finally, there are devils to be found in the fine print.
Before signing a moving contract look for any expenses stated. Also, go online and find any moving discounts for seniors, students, veterans and other groups that may apply for you. There is no shame in trying to find everyday to balance the budget. But most importantly, never find yourself in a situation in which you have costs you didn’t account for.
In conclusion, it is the honesty and trust that are crucial prerequisites for signing a moving contract. Find a moving company that will be honest, and you will find them to be professionals. And with professionals, you can be sure that your contract is solid and the job that awaits will be well done.