You found the perfect home, and now it’s time to move. Instead of DIYing the move, though, you’ve decided to hire movers. The question, now, is where to start. While hiring a moving company is an excellent choice for most families, doing it for the first time can feel intimidating. With that in mind, here are a few mistakes not to make as you search for your perfect moving team: 1. Not getting multiple quotes While it may seem like moving is a standard service, you’d be surprised by how much moving quotes can vary. Instead of getting a single quote from just one company, shop around. As a general rule, we recommend getting at least three quotes from separate businesses. Not only will this help you get the best deal, but it’s a great way to learn how moving companies price their moves (by the mile? By the pound?) Do your research and avoid any companies that charge for estimates. 2. Not getting an estimate that works for you In light of the COVID pandemic, you may be uncomfortable with movers entering your home more frequently than they need to. That’s okay! Don’t get bullied into an in-person moving evaluation if that’s not what you want. Instead, look for companies that offer virtual estimates and moving quotes. 3. Price shopping We get it: it can be tempting to save some money by hiring the cheapest mover out there. Unfortunately, you get what you pay for, and the bottom of the barrel is never a good idea. Not only do these “discount” companies typically outsource their moving jobs to subcontractors, but they may be lacking the licenses and insurances needed to do the job safely. Instead of looking for a bargain, take your time and find a reputable company that provides the services you need. While it may cost a bit more on the front-end, it will pay off in the form of peace of mind and a simple move. 4. Not asking the right questions Hiring a moving company can feel overwhelming, and it’s easy to get flustered. Keep these questions in mind to stay on track: How do you price your moves? What will you charge? Do you offer moving resources like boxes and moving checklists? What’s your registration number? Do you charge additional fees? Do you carry insurance? Do you offer coverage to your customers? Do you provide packing or storage services? Do you provide references? Do you offer both local- and long-distance moving services? How many movers will complete my move? What equipment do you bring to my move? In addition to the questions above, ask the team to clarify anything you don’t understand about the moving process, billing, or insurance. Remember, this is a big transition for you and your family, and you deserve to feel comfortable with the moving company you choose. 5. Not understanding additional charges Most moving companies have additional charges for something. The team might charge for complicated jobs, for example, or moves with multiple levels of stairs. They may also charge for moving large or fragile items or packing. Regardless of what the case may be, and which services you believe you need, it’s always smart to understand these charges in advance. With this in mind, clarify the type and amount of extra charges when you speak to a moving manager. Making Smart Moving Choices With Gallo We understand that hiring a moving company can be a bit overwhelming. After all, you’ve got a lot to do, and there are dozens of options out there. Unfortunately, getting flustered is the best way to hire a moving company that is not a great fit. Here at Gallo Moving and Storage, we specialize in helping customers streamline and simplify their moves. A family-owned and operated company, we pride ourselves on our reputation for quality and reliability. Whether you’re moving across the state or the country, we can help you get from Point A to Point B. Contact us today to learn more about our services or to request your free estimate!