What questions do you need to ask before you hire a moving company? Price, scheduling options, and insurance-related issues are obvious questions. But these aren't the only areas you should discuss before agreeing to an estimate. Whether you're a first-timer or you want to make your second, third, or fourth move better than the last one, take a look at the lesser-known (but equally as important) questions to ask the contractor.
Do You Conduct Employee Background Checks?
You assumed that the moving company only hired qualified workers based on the glowing references you found online. Even though plenty of other people may have had good experiences with the company, what does a general review tell you about the employees?
While a company may have an overall high-quality rating, the individual employees are the people who will enter your home and transport your valuables from point A to point B. This means you need to know more about the people who work for the contractor. Ask the owner or manager if the company conducts pre-employment background checks on the people who work for them. Even though these checks aren't legal requirements, they can help you to feel comfortable with people who will help you to move.
Do You Offer A Binding Not-To-Exceed Option?
You want to save as much money on your move as possible. This means you don't want to pay for the extra weight that you won't bring with you. There are three types of moving estimates that companies use to create customer quotes. These include binding, non-binding, and binding not-to-exceed.
A binding estimate locks you into one rate based on the estimated weight of your to-move items. If the actual move-day weight is less, you will still pay the agreed-upon price—potentially resulting in a financial loss to you. While it might seem like a non-binding estimate is the way to go, this type of quote won't always give you the lowest or best price. A non-binding estimate isn't fixed. If your haul weighs less than expected, you could pay a lower price for your move. But if it weighs more, you may suddenly have a real price that is significantly higher than the original quote.
A binding not-to-exceed estimate is the best of both worlds (or both of the other types of quotes). The binding part means you won't pay more than the quote. The not-to-exceed part means you could potentially pay less.
For more information, contact a local moving company.
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