How to get a moving quote
Okay, so you’re planning on moving cross country and it’s time to search for a moving company, but with so many options the questions still remains, how to get a moving quote? Although it seems like an easy task getting a moving quote can be quite daunting. By now it’s no secret that the moving industry is full of scams and scoundrels. The age old scam in the moving industry is called “the hostage load”. From the sounds of it i’m sure you can figure it out, however, this is when a moving company offers a cheap price, picks up your goods and then bangs you in the head for an additional $5000. You think i’m kidding? The DOT received thousands of complaints each year regarding hostage loads and most of the time nothing is done about it. Below are some basic tips on how to get a moving quote.
What to do and what not to do
First and foremost never submit your information on websites that claim “get up to 10 free quotes from top rated moving companies”. Lead generation websites were simply created to get lead from you the customer and sell them to anyone that’s willing to pay. Just because a moving company has a nice website and the name sounds nice does not mean they are. This day and age anyone can say “we’re the number 1 moving company in the nation” with zero data to back that statement.
The number 1 tool when searching for a moving company is Google. Simply search the company you are considering and see what people have to say about them. If a company has a lot of negative reviews simply do not go with them, however, if a company only has 5 stars across the board chances are they just opened their doors and put up a bunch of “fake reviews”. It’s very easy for companies to get fake reviews these days so read through them to see if they seem realistic. No one will leave a review that says ” most amazing move ever”.
If you find a company that has some complaints don’t get alarmed. After all this is moving and things can go wrong. Unfortunately things like damage, delays and additional charges can happen. Your main concern should be how a company handles complaints rather then a company that has a few complaints here and there. Also remember that a larger company that handles a large volume of moves will have more complaints then a smaller moving company. As an example United Van Lines is the largest moving company in the world and they receive thousands of complaints each year.
Do you research, use your discretion and make sure you seek out the moving company of your choice. Good luck and feel free to contact us if you have any questions.