How to Hire a Moving Company

Reduce the stress of the moving process by hiring a reliable moving company to transport your belongings to your new home. Here are some tips for hiring a reputable company that fits your budget.

1. Get referrals.

If your family, friends or coworkers had a great experience with a moving company, chances are you will, too. Ask around for names of two or three companies to consider; you’ll want to get estimates for each.

2. Research online.

Once you have your list of referred companies, research them online. Check review sites and social media to see what their customers say about them and if the companies have a history of customer complaints. Also, find out if the company follows the Good Practice Guidelines for Canadian Movers from the Canadian Office of Consumer Affairs.

3. Get estimates in person.

While some professionals may offer an estimate based on the number of rooms in a home, insist on an in-home estimate. Be sure to show them everything you want moved, including furniture, boxes and items that haven’t been packed yet so they can estimate the weight accurately. If you’re moving locally, make sure the estimate includes the number of hours the move will take.

4. Review the estimate.

This is your opportunity to get clarification and ask questions. Be sure to get any changes in writing. Verify how much the company will be moving, the distance it will be moved, the times your items will be picked up and delivered to your new home and the availability of additional services such as packing and supplies. This will reduce the chances of dealing with unexpected charges.

5. Get a written copy of the mover’s inventory list.

Additionally, give the movers specific directions for getting to your home and exchange phone numbers in case you need to reach each other.

We work with great moving companies here in Calgary. If you’d like a referral to one, let us know. If you’re thinking of buying or selling, give us a call! We look forward to guiding you through the process and making your move as stress-free as possible.

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