How to Hire Good Local Movers
Wanting to Find the Best Movers for Your Upcoming Move? Learn How to Hire the Right Ones
If you are looking to move to a new home or office, you’re likely in the market for a company to help you pack and transport your belongings from one location to another. However, since moving companies aren’t something you often use, you’re probably uncertain about whom to entrust your home or office furniture and other possessions. All moving companies are not created alike, and, unfortunately, there are more than a few scammers preying on people moving to a new location. It pays to do your homework before deciding on a mover.
What to look for in a good local mover
We understand that choosing a moving company to handle your possessions to can be somewhat confusing. You want to do more than just blindly pick a name from a Google listing or telephone directory. We suggest you consider the following points:
- Go local. Local movers are connected with the area and are much less likely to take advantage of you like anonymous moving companies you find via the Internet.
- Check credentials. If they move items over state lines, a moving company much have a license issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). This number is required to be on the company’s advertising and website, so it’s easy for you to check, and indicates that they have met or exceeded U.S. government standards for movers. Thirty-three states require DOT numbers for local and in-state movers.
- Get a written estimate. Besides just being good business sense, getting a written, in-person estimate is a good sign that the moving company is legit. Be wary of companies that give you a phone or Internet estimate without coming out to see your belongings or your space. It’s good idea to get at least three estimates before making a decision.
- Be wary of large deposit requirements. The industry norm for moving companies is to charge a 20 percent up-front deposit with the balance payable at the end of the move. Be leery of companies that charge a significantly higher deposit. “Consumer Reports” magazine advises putting your moving deposit on your credit card so that you have some recourse if the moving services you paid for aren’t delivered.
- Get personal recommendations. Avoid those Internet sites that offer to “find you a mover”. A moving company is the type of company you want to know someone’s personal experience with, not just that it fits a computer algorithm. Make sure all of your friends, family, colleagues and fellow church members know that you’re looking for a mover and listen to their recommendations.
About Centurion Movers
Centurion Movers is a locally-owned and managed, full-service moving company. We’re your neighbors and have been doing business in this community for more than 25 years. We are extremely familiar with the Kansas City area and have a variety of sizes of trucks to get your possessions from your old home or business to your new one, carefully and efficiently. We move families and offices to points throughout Kansas City and Missouri.
You don’t have to leave moving your home or office belongings to chance. Centurion Moving can help. To learn more about moving your Kansas City area specialty items safely and securely, visit centurionmoving.com or contact us at (insert contact info) to schedule an appointment.