Just think of all of the moves that happen every day in Orange County. Most of those moves go off without a hitch – which is an amazing feat considering all of the things that can go wrong with a move. But how do you choose the right Irvine moving company so that yours goes smoothly?
Unfortunately there are a lot of bad moving companies out there, so you do have to be careful when you choose a moving company. You want to take your time and ask the right questions to make sure that the movers that you choose are not some kind of a scam artist or an amateur disguised as a legitimate company.
Here are 5 things to look out for in choosing an Irvine moving company:
1. Always get an in home estimate
One of the biggest signs of a bad moving company is that they will give you an estimate over the phone. It is absolutely impossible to estimate how much a move will cost without seeing what needs to be moved, how difficult it will be to get the items out of the house, how much stuff there is, etc. A good moving company will come out to your house (or business if you are looking for a commercial mover) so that they can give you an accurate estimate. If you get an estimate by phone, expect that it is going to end up costing you a lot more come moving day. This is one of the “bad moving companies’” biggest scams. Also, make sure to get at least three estimates.
2. Do not pay a large deposit up front
This deals with another popular scam by some of the less reputable moving companies. They will charge a large deposit upfront, start the move, and then demand WAY more than their estimate in order to deliver your belongings. They will basically hold your stuff hostage until you pay the exorbitant amount. Don’t pay a large deposit and you protect yourself from this. The moving company should ask for payment upon delivery.
3. Deal with the company that will be moving you
One of the first questions that you should ask any moving company that comes out to perform an estimate is if they are the company that will be performing the actual move. You have to watch out for brokers and the use of subcontractors. Brokers only make the deal and then have another moving company do the move for them. Other moving companies will subcontract work out if they get busy. Either way, you lose control because you can no longer check out the company that will be handling your move. Only deal with movers that actually will be doing your move.
4. Check reviews and get references
We always recommend that you check with your friends and family first to see if they can recommend a good moving company. If that doesn’t work, check online review sites like yelp. Look for a lot of reviews and actually read them. Don’t disqualify a company if they have a couple of bad reviews, but look to see what the overwhelming sense is for the company. Do they take good care of the property they are moving? Do they stand behind their work? Do they show up on time? Are their estimates accurate? We also recommend asking for references. If you talk to someone who has actually used the moving service, ask them the questions that are most important to you to see if the company is a good fit for your move.
5. Make sure they are licensed and insured
This is a big one, and something that you absolutely need to ask (and probably see in writing). You are trusting all of your belongings to this Irvine moving company, you want to make sure that if something happens, you are protected.
Moving doesn’t have to be all that stressful if you take your time up front and choose the right moving company. If you follow these 5 steps you will be well on your way to picking the right movers for your job!
Other areas we serve:
We serve all of Southern California, but we are located right here in Orange County. We do a lot of moves in Tustin, La Habra, Brea, and Yorba Linda. But if you live anywhere else in Southern California, we would love the opportunity to talk to you about your move!
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