If you have been watching the trends lately, you may have noticed that people are flocking to Texas to create new lives there. And why not? There are a plethora of reasons to move down to Texas. Specifically, San Antonio. One of the fast growing cities in America, San Antonio is a city ripe for business opportunity, conveniently bundled with low cost of living and economical housing. There are several great neighborhoods where you can buy a home and equally great school districts to send your kids to attend school. Deciding on a location often takes priority over playing the game of real life Tetris- packing all your belongings into boxes, loading the truck, and driving it to your new abode.
Yes, it is the last variable that needs to be addressed before relocation, but it is certainly not the least. Hiring the wrong movers can prove to be a personal security and logistical nightmare, therefore it is imperative to do the appropriate research and hire the right mover when you make your move.
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Here are some tips for finding an economical, efficient, and safe mover:
Inquire about Hidden Costs
Economics is often the principle concern. When a homeowner calls for a quote, movers typically inquire about everything from the amount of furniture in the home, to whether they will be going up/down stairs, to the distance of the trip. This is standard fare, however there are hidden charges that you as a consumer need to inquire about, such as what happens if the movers go over the allotted time? Or, what if the movers need to bring additional movers with them once they see the job? Finding these things out before the move can help minimize the risk of hidden charges on your actual moving day. Additionally, it is best to have everything in writing. An easier alternate is to use an online service such as Apple Moving's free online quotes.
Inquire about Licensing and Insurance
If you are moving from state to state, you'll want to make sure your moving company is licensed for interstate moves. In addition, find out what kind of insurance your moving company carries. Will they be able to replace belongings that are broken or lost? What items are not included in their insurance? Some moving companies choose not to cover certain items, and those should be disclosed before your move. A simple way to check licensing within the state of Texas is simply go to mytexasmover.com and search for the moving company you are hiring.
Do Some Detective Work
Government websites such as protectyourmove.gov or mytexasmover.com, do validate a moving company’s licensing information. You can also visit a moving company’s official website to learn more about them. It is natural for the company to bring their best foot forward, but can these claims be externally validated? Researching a third party website such as Yelp.com can be helpful to see what real consumers are saying about the company you are contemplating.
In the End, Ask a Lot of Questions
The physical move is of the utmost importance, so even after you have done the research, your job is still not done. Prepare a list of questions and get satisfactory answers for all of them before hiring a mover. Here are a few important ones:
- How long has the company been in the moving business?
- Does the company do background checks on the employees who do the moving?
- Does the company hire day labor or temp help?
- Will the company transfer the property to another company or crew during the move?
- Does the company guarantee delivery on the date you want (or need)?
- Does the mover have a dispute settlement program?
The bottom line is that you need to be comfortable with all the answers you get. It should aspire trust from the company. There are many other things you could look into in order to make the process of your move easier. For more information on all things related to packing and moving check out Keller Williams San Antonio's preferred moving company, Apple Moving's, blog.