Relocation Companies Make a Lot of Claims, So Choose Wisely
It’s not unusual to see a company tout its product or services with grandiose claims. But how do you weed out the companies that are telling the truth from those who are stretching it? Unfortunately, relocation companies are no exception. It’s important to do your research before selecting movers to help you on moving day. Don’t fall for phony claims – do your homework! Here are some claims that you should always investigate further to make sure relocation companies are being fully open and honest with you.
- “We have the lowest estimates in town.” This may very well be the case, but when comparing estimates, always ask whether there are any hidden fees, such as fuel surcharges or other charges you won’t know about until after the move is complete. Also, ask if there is any sort of cap if the actual price goes over the estimate.
- “We provide quick, efficient moves.” A lot of relocation companies discuss how quickly they work from the time when they pick up your belongings to when they drop them off. But you should always ask about a company’s delivery window. In other words, will they arrive on the planned day or does their contract allow them an extra two-day window if they’re experiencing delays? Know what you’re signing on for.
- “We’ll pack and deliver your stuff for half the price of other relocation companies.” Always be wary of a deal that seems too good to be true, especially if the price is drastically different from that of other local companies. Chances are, there’s a catch. Investigate fully by asking how the company plans to pack your belongings – will movers use specialty packing materials, plastic wrap, etc.? Also, does delivery mean the movers will take your stuff into your home or literally drop it at your doorstep? Get the details before signing on the dotted line!
- “We come highly recommended.” By who? For all relocation companies you’re researching, look up ratings, reviews and recommendations. Don’t just take the company’s word for it.