You’ve known friends and family that have moved, and therefore, you believe you have a good idea what to look for when searching for the best movers in Chicago. However, having never gone through the experience yourself, you may have a lot of questions. Especially as a first-time mover, you know that you want to find the best movers but are still unsure where to start or what specific things are most important.
For a seamless move, consider the following tips:
- Hire Locally – Hiring a local moving company will prevent you from getting into a bad situation. Unfortunately, some companies do business only online, which puts you at risk for becoming a victim of a scam. If you go with a company in Chicago, you have the opportunity to visit the location in person, verifying that it is a legitimate business. Also, as part of the same community where you currently live or plan to move, you can expect outstanding service since the company’s reputation is on the line. Therefore, when searching for the best movers in Chicago, start by finding a company within the community.
- Get Several Estimates – Even if a moving company offers an affordable rate to move your belongings, always get at least three estimates. Make sure a company representative comes to your home to perform an assessment. With the estimates in hand, you can then make comparisons as to what each offers, selecting the one that best matches your budget and offers the type and caliber of services that you want.
- Confirm Credentials – Spend time researching the credentials of several companies. You can visit sites like Angie’s List and the Better Business Bureau to read feedback from other people and to also verify that there are no unresolved or excessive complaints. If you plan to move from another state to Illinois, you should also contact the Department of Transportation, confirming that the moving company has a license. Along with that, contact the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to get the mover’s carrier number. All of this will give you the information you need to make the final selection.
- Deposits – Sometimes, the best moving companies in Chicago will ask for a deposit, but most of the time, they won’t. If a company does request a deposit, it should never be more than 20 percent of the estimate. Should a company want more, consider it a red flag. The problem is that a dishonest company could hold a person’s possessions until not just the balance but additional fees get paid. In other words, they will jack up the price, forcing you to pay or refusing to release your items.
For more information or to receive a free moving quote contact Advantage Moving and Storage today.