Welcome to May. Whatever you connect May to, but in the industry, we connect may to the National Moving Month. That’s right, everyone decides to move in May. And even though you’re thinking “No, I wouldn’t…”, yeah you would. And you know it! Furniture movers in Minneapolis are drowning in work during May. And this is ok. If you know now that you will move in may, you have time to create a complete moving checklist and make it easier on yourself. And on your movers.
But when it comes to the move you are becoming more and more aware that you will need a professional touch. And this is also ok. But before you open up Google and type in ‘moving company‘, let’s take a short step back. Sure, you will be given ten million results, but are those people really the ones you wish to entrust your great grandmother’s cabinet? Or your whiskey collection? Of course not. In order to fully embrace the National Moving Month, here are some tricks and tips to consider when hiring furniture movers in Minneapolis, and anywhere else in the world for that matter.
How Long does the Moving Company Exist?
Before you proceed to the following steps, first you need to identify how long the company has been in the business. Having nothing against startups, they are yet to build their reputation. Me personally, I look for experience. If I see a company being in the business for a decade I will most likely think – these guys know what they are doing.
However, this is not even close to being the most important factor. There are plenty of factors more to consider. But this is step number one.
Furniture Movers in Minneapolis Must have a Licence!
Oh boy, I can’t emphasize enough just how important this is. Owning a license is imperative. It is unavoidable and not negotiable. If they do not own a license I will not even consider having a conversation with them.
The furniture movers in Minneapolis must own a US DOT number which will be proof of their license being issued by the United States Department of Transportation. Don’t play around with these, for if you chose a cheaper and unlicensed company you might become a victim of fraud. Always make sure to hire professional Minneapolis Movers.
After you verify their experience and whether they own a license, you must also look into the insurance they do (or do not) have. Also one of the things you wish not to play with. You can check this on the same website you used to check their license number.
Never do business with a moving company without a license number or insurance. It would be the same if you hailed a cab and it was being driven by a 13-year-old unlicensed and uninsured driver. Oh and it’s not a car, it’s a semi-truck. With guns. It sounds like a tremendously bad idea. This way you avoid certain companies that move people as a side job. The quality of such service is expectedly low.
In this day and age, ignorance is a choice. So, good words spread quickly and bad words spread at the speed of light. In this specific case, this is good. It will make choosing furniture movers in Minneapolis a breeze. Basically, if they screwed up at least once, the entire city will know, trust me.
Just check any forums or hubs where people share experiences. There are also the Better Business Bureau, Yelp, Citysearch and TrustLink as places where you can look into feedback about companies. Yelpers should be your very close friends.
Talk To Your Potential Movers
Communication is key. In many things in life, including this one. Call them and have a phone conversation. Then meet them in person. Have them come over and investigate the move site. Have them make an estimate based on that. There are questions you should ask your moving company, and make sure you don’t forget them. Just based on this conversation you might figure out that they are a poor match for what you need. Or vice versa, you might find your perfect fit. But in order to reach either of these conclusions, you have to engage in conversation. You can’t do it via a guessing game.
What Do You Get For Your Money?
Discuss what their rates include. When hiring furniture movers in Minneapolis, and anywhere else in the world, these rates need to be discussed ahead of time. It’s not always the case that low rates mean a low final bill. You need to be extra careful of this. You need to either research or ask. Either way, you need to know. Are, for instance, fuel charges included? Are the rates equal throughout the year or do they vary based on season? Does it matter which day of the week you chose? For instance, is it cheaper to do it on Sunday or Monday?
The thing is – great reputation will provide you with great rates. Nobody will ever be cheered and rooted for having extremely high prices. This doesn’t mean you are looking for the cheapest option possible. You are looking for a fair price for the services you are about to receive.
Did we miss something? Are we wrong? Did we help? Talk to us at CMS Moving, we are here solely for you! Best of luck to you!