Moving is a stressful experience without the added issue of figuring out which is the best Dallas moving company for you. Depending on how much stuff you have, moving can be an expensive ordeal. In fact, the moving to-do list can be completely overwhelming.
Checklists can only help you that much.
There are tons of movers and move-out cleaning services out there, and the whole thing can get very challenging to navigate. Most people who have moved at some point in their lives have found the challenges that can come with dealing with movers. We have talked to several people who have moved to Dallas recently and have come up with some tips to make the experience run as smoothly as possible.
Moving Recommendations Rule All
Most people have moved at some point, so take the time to ask around. Your family, friends, and neighbors would have at some point moved and used a moving company to help them out. A recommendation from a friend is much better than going in blind as that will give you a recent account of their experience.
The internet can be the right place if you don’t know too many people in the area. However, the catch with online reviews is that they can be modified.
Once you get your recommendations, now go online and check the business credentials to find the best Dallas moving company for you. Check if the information listed online is accurate or not. After you have run a basic check, you can ask the ones you liked to come for estimation. Make sure that the company that you choose to use is fully bonded and insured. Also, check with your insurance company if they will cover the move as well.
Get an At-Home Estimation
Further, also pay attention if you need a specific kind of mover. There are specialty movers out there who help with the move. The type of mover you need also depends on the sort of furniture and stuff you own.
Your antiques for understandable reasons cannot be handled the same way your dining chair is.
A good moving company will always make it a point to come down and give you an at-home estimation. They will take an inventory of everything that needs to be packed and moved, and weighing it. Ask the estimator to give a complete breakdown of how they are categorizing your payment and on what basis they are charging you the said amount.
Keep in mind that is hard to estimate how much stuff you have by yourself. Having someone to come out and give an estimate can really help you get an accurate description of what it will take to move you.
Make Your Decision
Ask for at least three Dallas moving companies to come over and give you a quote. This may seem like a time-consuming task, but it will be worth it in the long run. It is impossible to provide an evaluation without thoroughly gauging the volume of your belongings.
A good moving company will always provide you with a guaranteed cap amount beyond which the final amount cannot increase. When an estimator comes over and gives you the estimated amount, show that you have been doing your homework. This will get you the best deal possible on the amount as they will know they are not the only ones in the market.
But before you finalize a mover, do collect the below-mentioned information from each one of them.
- Company’s full name and address, also ask if they operate under any other name (never a good sign though)
- The phone number, website, and email address
- References for you to double-check their previous clients
- MC (motor carrier) and USDOT (U.S. Department of Transportation) license numbers
At the same time, don’t go running behind the lowest bid. You don’t want to compromise on quality. If you see extra costs figure out their sources. Call the companies if you want clarification. You can never be too sure. The cheapest option does not usually mean that it will be the best option. Choose the company that is able to answer all of your questions and which you will feel comfortable with.
Verify the License Numbers and Check Insurance
It might be tough to believe, but there are a lot of companies out there who operate without a state-accredited license. You can use the number that you collected during their visit and check up on saferys.org to get more information about the company. If you have accurate numbers, chances are you will get the right information.
Additionally, you can call the TXDOT’s safety violation and consumer helpline to see if any complaints are registered against your company. If you want further peace of mind, you can always make your way to the physical address of the company.
Dallas Moving Company
Finally, all the hours of research have paid off, and you can select the mover you want. Call them up and set the dates for your move. Ensure that you get a signed bill of lading and order for service.
You are moving! Once all your stuff is loaded, and you have given the correct directions to the movers for your new address, get a movers inventory list. Also, get the driver’s number and give them yours. Just in case something happens during the move, you should be available on call.
Your move should be a smooth experience, and one can never be too vigilant about their belongings. Some movers even have the option for you to track your goods as they move through different cities. Finding a mover is a tedious task, but I think with the right guidance, you should be able to make your way through the ordeal without any issues.
Move Out Cleaning
Call Valet Maids if you are looking for a move-out cleaning. We are a Dallas maid service that will make sure your place is clean and ready for the next occupant. Give us a call at 214-438-4804. or book online at ValetMaids.com