Real Estate Questions: What to Do When Hiring a Mover

Finding a good, reliable mover is just one of the many things you tend to stress over when moving in or moving out. Just like when looking for real estate for sale in Quebec, you can’t just go for the first mover you find without knowing if they’re any good. You want to make sure that your things are safe and not going to be thrown carelessly around or be charged an unreasonable amount of money for the move.

To help you out, here are some tips on what you should do and look for when hiring a mover.

Ask Around

Get recommendations from friends, family, or co-workers. You can also ask local real estate agents for contacts since they are more likely to know reliable moving companies. Ask whether they think these movers can be trusted or not, or if they offer fair pricing. You can also look around online and go through websites of moving companies in your area.

Do a Background Check

One of the simplest things you can do to make sure you are hiring a trustworthy company is to go online and do some background checks. Once you have jotted down the moving companies you have been recommended, look them up on Canadian Association of Movers’ website or read what people have to say about them online – this will be easy if they are a well-known company. Don’t cross a business out just because it’s not a part of an association. As long as they have a good reputation to vouch for them, CAM membership shouldn’t matter that much.

Get an Estimate in Person

Some moving companies offer pricing estimates on their websites and/or third party websites – avoid them. You can’t trust anyone who estimates how much the service will cost without actually seeing everything you are moving in person, since you could be fooled into thinking you’re paying a certain amount and then be charged a lot more when the job is done.

Show the Estimator Everything

When an estimator from the company comes to your home, make sure that you show them everything you are moving so they could do an accurate estimation of costs. This part of the service will be no use if they are not aware of the amount of stuff they are going to work with. It’s known that you should expect to pay more than the initial estimate, but if the foreman thinks they are moving a lot more on the actual day than you originally showed them, they can charge you a significantly higher amount.

Let the Estimator Know About Any Complications

Some condominiums don’t allow stuff to be moved into or out of the building outside of specific hours and some houses have complicated interiors that make it difficult for people to move around. Any condition that may make it harder for the movers to get in and out of your house should be discussed with the estimator so the movers can prepare for it. Be prepared to pay a bit more for these things as well.

Compare Estimates

Look at the estimates from the different companies you have contacted. The costs should all fall anywhere around the same price – beware of any mover that charges a suspiciously lower amount than the rest. Carefully review the breakdown of costs for each estimate and ask the mover about anything you don’t understand. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and negotiate on the pricing if you feel like you are being unreasonably charged for something.