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How To Find A Reputable Long Distance Moving Company
Once you know your moving and that you will need a reputable long distance moving company in Norfolk, VA, there are a few things you have to start thinking about. Because you are looking at a long distance move, you cannot simply rely on your friends and family members to just carry a few boxes each. Rather, you must be able to find a moving company that you trust with your belongings and that doesn't charge you an unaffordable fee. Hopefully, the following hints and tips will help you to achieve that.
A Basic Search
First of all, you have to take a look at which of the moving companies are actually out there. It is likely that you will find quite a large range of possibilities and each of these moving companies will try to convince you that they are the best ones. Hence, it is up to you to find out which ones are telling the truth.
Look first at their reputation. Look at testimonials, reviews and into their Better Business Bureau rating. Secondly, they should be more than willing to provide you with a wealth of information, even if you didn't ask for it. Some of the information that you should be able to get include moving tips, how to pack breakables and so on. Then, there is are legal requirements. Find out what their license numbers are, whether they have liability insurance and to what amount, what their DOT numbers are and so on.
Creating a Smaller List
From this initial search, you should be able to narrow down your list somewhat. It is likely, however, that there will still be at least 10 different options on your list, so you will have to dig deeper. Get a basic quote from each of the moving companies, bearing in mind that this is only an estimate. Also get all of their license numbers, telephone numbers and insurance information. Next, find out whether they have hidden fees, for instance, for climbing stairs, moving apartments and fuel charges. Finally, trust your gut instinct. Whenever you speak to the company yourself, you will have an opportunity to get a feel for what they are like.
Now that you have this information, you can start to compare. Take a look at the SAFER system provided by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to see how well they have performed in the past. Hopefully, this work will help you to narrow your list down to no more than four moving companies.
The Final Four
Finally, you need to make a decision on which moving company to choose. Contact each of the companies still on your list and ask them for a binding quote, but make sure you are under no obligation to accept. The binding quote means that you know exactly how much you are actually going to pay and what this price includes. To get this quote, a representative from your moving company will probably visit your property to get all the necessary details.
Next, you need to discuss your scheduling needs. You probably know when you have to be out of your old property and when you can move to the next one and these dates tend to be quite inflexible. Additionally, if there is a period of time between those two dates, you may also need a moving company like Southside Moving and Storage. This company offers both moving and storage services so you won't need to hire two different companies.
Finally, you have to have the insurance in place. All moving companies will have some degree of public liability insurance, but you may want to protect yourself even more. Make sure that the companies you are considering are aware of this, as the price has to be included in the binding quote. Never start packing until you have your insurance policy as well.
You should now have your binding quotes and all the information you need, so you should also be able to make a decision. It is much easier to make such a decision by having all your paperwork and notes on your research work at hand. Compare this information to your budget, your deadlines and your gut feeling in order to choose the best company out there. You have to have faith in your own ability to make the right decision as well, particularly when you telephone or contact some of the moving companies to tell them you have decided to go with a different one. However, remember that it is your precious belongings that are getting moved, which means that you have to be sure that you trust the best moving company Norfolk VA has to offer.
Southside Moving and Storage
1533 Harpers Rd
Virginia Beach, Va. 23454
757-234-7080 or 800-587-7474
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