Here is the deal. There are several factors you have to take into account while choosing the international moving company. In this article, we will make sure that you get the idea just how many aspects are involved and try to give you an impartial overview of those aspects. Firstly, before going on to contact one of the moving companies, you should make sure you’ve considered all of these steps:
- Always do research
In the era of the Internet, there is hardly a service that can escape the harsh but righteous reviews of the online community. The same way people would give recommendations to students enrolling into a prestigious school, people now give recommendations and evaluations to certain services and companies that they have crossed paths with. Go through the reviews on the forums and sites dedicated to moving, and see what former customers have said about the efficiency, costs and the overall execution of the services that they asked for. Incorporated in your research you should include recommendations and testimonials from friends. When seeking the recommendation, make sure you ask questions around punctuality, clarity of communication, customer service and also facilities for tracking. It’s quite rare for international moves to be 100% error free, but it’s important to know if something went wrong, how the company overcame the issues and how they communicate.
At the same time, you will be checking for phony companies, who want to steal from you and those who mean serious business. If you can’t find a review for a company and you aren’t sure of its background, ask them to send you their license for business and/or certificate via e-mail. By providing those documents, they say that they mean business, and avoiding to provide them for you means they don’t have your best interest at heart.
- Ask for quotes
Don’t let any one company sway you into dealing with them before asking around about the price range of the specific service with other moving companies. This is a very universal, somewhat obvious piece of advice, but beware of those moving companies who won’t bat an eye before adding hidden costs to your final bill. Because of this, many moving companies are now promising you great deals without any hidden expenses. To shield yourself from such shady deals, we suggest you get as many estimates as you can from a variety of moving companies. That way you are somewhat familiar to the price range, or at least have the general idea of what something might cost you.
- Specify the services you need
Upon contacting the company’s moving expert, here are a few things to establish with him or her. Give them the details of your move, precisely what state and city you’re coming from and what state and city you want to relocate to, and have them explain to you the services and utilities their company provides in your case. Have them check the availability of the requested service (For example, additional storage – if there is enough space left during the time frame of your move). If your possessions require specific handling, such as priceless vase or a fragile piece of furniture, make sure you ask them about custom crating services. Such items can pose a great liability if not reported to the moving company handling your belongings, as the potential damage can backfire on both the customer and the company.
- Establish the interval
The deadline you come up with in cooperation with the moving expert can serve as a guideline for both you and the movers. Best thing to do is ask them for their expected time of delivery to that destination and then try to incorporate your needs into it. You can work around the problem if your schedule does not align with theirs. In such cases, you can use the service of additional storage, to buy time before leaving on the moving day. Of course, no plan is completely foolproof when transportation and traffic is involved, which leaves you with an option of just being patient and hoping for your belongings to arrive intact.
When it comes to choosing an international moving company to help you move, cost is definitely a factor, but cost effectiveness is what you should really be thinking about. After all, getting your possessions to your new home is only one aspect. Getting them there in one piece, without losing anything is something quite different. Similarly having a company with specialists in assisting with relocation will help minimize your stress as well as giving you additional reassurance when you move. This is why you should investigate the insurance which is provided by the company. No move should ever be conducted without insurance from the international moving company. Ensure you know the outcome if the worst was to happen and ensure that you’re covered for every eventuality.