How to find a good moving company

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How to find a good moving company

Moving can be a complicated process. If packing for a move is hard enough, finding a reputable moving company to execute the move without hiccups is harder. The right moving company is crucial for orchestrating a smooth, hassle-free move. Expert movers use professional moving techniques to get your possessions from Point A to Point B. On this page, you will learn what to look for in a moving company, what they do, their associated costs, and what to do when a move doesn’t go as per plan.

What to look for in a moving company

There’s no exact blueprint when it comes to selecting your moving company. Here are some pointers you can use to ensure your move is executed without any challenges along the way. 

Define Your Services

Getting accurate details for your move is essential before you embark on finding the right moving company. These details, such as the location, and size, will help moving companies determine the manpower and resources required to carry out your move.

Mover Estimates

A credible moving company will employ a surveyor to take into account the items to be transported in a move and if there are special requirements for the move. This pre-move assessment is usually done in person or virtually over a video call.

Use Referrals

Word-of-mouth and reviews are a smart way to check a mover’s reputation before commencing a conversation with them. Getting first-hand accounts from your close family and friends is hands down one of the trusted methods to find a good mover.

Compare Quotes

It is always a great idea to get multiple quotes from several moving companies before making a decision. SFL Worldwide works with some of the best movers in the country to get you a high level of service at exclusive discounted rates to suit your budget and time.

Licensed and Insured

Make sure that any moving company you hire is licensed and insured to handle your local, inter-state, intra-state, and international moves. These licenses protect your belongings against damage or loss in transit.

How much does a moving company cost?

One of the advantages of using a moving company is the ease with which a move is executed. Moving companies handle everything from planning, and lifting, to execution. The average cost for a local move within a 100-mile radius is typically anywhere from $700 to $2,500. These numbers can change depending on a few factors, such as the type of move (local or international), distance, size, and more.

Packing and unpacking your belongings is an additional cost, and you want to take that into account. Some movers also charge by the hour. You can expect to pay per hour per person.

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What is the cheapest moving company?

SFL Worldwide is a licensed and insured professional moving service that enlists the services of trustworthy partners to get you some of the cheapest rates possible. We have a wide network of logistics partners who can get us cheap rates for moving anywhere in the country or world.

We have a rigorous pre-screening process, and every partner we select for your move is done with careful due diligence to ensure your move is executed by the best hands.

What does a moving company do?

The steps can vary depending on the type of mover you hire. SFL Worldwide is a full-service move that can help you with your move – be it residential or commercial – from start to finish.

Pack Your Belongings

Full-service movers like SFL Worldwide have in-house expert packers to condense your belongings in half the space and time. Your fragile valuables are handled in the safest manner possible.

Disassembly

Movers will make sure to disassemble bulky furniture according to the requirements of the truck or transportation involved. They wrap them professionally using blankets and wrap. This not helps secure your furniture but is also good for maximizing space.

Loading and Unloading

One of the best things about using professional moving companies is that there is no heavy lifting to do. Leave that to the pros to load your belongings safely onto a truck and unload on arriving at your new destination.

Unpacking and Disposal

On arriving at your new home, a full-service mover can help you unpack upon your request while you enjoy your new space and get settled in. They carefully unpack and put away furniture and also take care of discarding packing material.

What is the best long-distance moving company?

Trying to find the best long-distance moving company for your cross-country or international move? SFL Worldwide is fully licensed and insured to execute your long-distance movers. Our team of expert moving professionals and customer representatives ensure your items are packaged with the utmost care and customize your plan to get you the best value for your time and money.

What to do when a moving company steals your stuff?

It isn’t always ideal when something like this happens. Yet there are some moving companies who employ this scam of holding your items hostage to get more money from their customers. At SFL Worldwide, every move is accounted for, and a clear contract is drawn to ensure both movers and customers have a copy that lists out every belonging to verify in the end. A reputable mover should be able to provide you with this contract that holds them responsible, in the event of a loss or damage.

Here are some steps you can take when a moving company steals your stuff.

  1. Talk to the Mover – Mistakes happen. Talk to your mover to make sure items haven’t been left behind or packed inside of other furniture. 
  2. File a Complaint – This is what the binding contract is for. File a written complaint with your mover to let them fix their mistakes.
  3. Contact the Authorities – If your moving company does not comply with your request, contact law enforcement to try and settle this in a civil manner. 
  4. Contact DOT – Reach out to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to take the necessary legal action against the mover. Fines may be imposed. 
  5. Notify BBB – Better Business Bureau will display your review; any poor review can affect your business rating.
  6. Sue the Mover – You are entitled to sue the moving company, provided you have the necessary proof, such as a contract or payment proof.

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