August is back to school time for many and, for students returning to college, that can also mean apartment hunting time. There are so many great places to live in and around the Seattle area, but whether you’re moving across the state or just across town, the job can feel both exciting and intimidating.
You may want to consider the benefits of hiring a moving company. But, you may still have some questions about this kind of service, so let us give you some advice about how to hire a good moving labor service.
Hire by Reputation
When it comes to finding a good crew for your move, you want to know they have a good reputation. Online review sites, such as Yelp, are a great way to find out about how a moving company has worked with past clients.
Something to think about when you look at reviews is less at the star number itself and more about how the brand responded to negative reviews. A great company will show empathy and responsibility by trying to fix the problem for the individual rather than responding with negativity.
Hire for Care
Finding a moving crew who just shoves your belongings into a truck isn’t what you need. You need someone who understands that your vintage Star Wars collection needs to be handled with care, not just thrown around.
Look for a moving company that carefully wraps your belongings in cellophane and protective blanketing, rather than just setting things on top of one another. A careful crew will measure doors and make sure that everything is going to be able to fit smoothly — or devise a plan to get your things out a different way if need be.
Hire for Honesty
Most moving companies charge by the hour and factor in how many people you will need in the crew. You want to hire a company that is honest and upfront about their charges and will give you a free estimate which will include the number of movers they recommend for the job. If you’re moving on your own or don’t have much help, it can be hard to know how many people and how long the job will actually take. The best moving companies will give you a free and accurate estimate.
Hire for Integrity
You need a moving crew that is legitimate. One way to know for sure it to find out if they have a credible license and insurance. Never use a company without these! It’s dangerous and can cost you more than just the money for the move. Always inquire about the insurance that covers your items during a move. This may be covered under your homeowners or renters policy.
Hire for Community
Finally, you want to hire a crew that is involved in the community. Supporting local businesses is a huge part of the culture in the Pacific Northwest. Find a moving company that is involved in your community. Not only does this mean that they are invested in giving back, it means that they’ll take extra care of their clients because they are your neighbors and plan to stick around for many years to come.