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Steps to an effortless move

Moving is one of the most stressful things one can go through. It’s time consuming, there are so many moving parts and details to be conscious of, and there is a risk that your possessions will be lost or damaged during the move. Hiring movers is a great way to take a lot of the stress off of your mind. The trouble is, how do you know which company to hire? Follow these steps to be sure you are hiring the right one.

Do your homework first

Before you call a mover, it’s important to take stock of what you actually have to move. Don’t move things to your new house just so you can store them again. Get rid of anything you don’t need first. Donate it, have a garage sale, return borrowed items – don’t move things you don’t need to move. Remember: a moving company will quote you a price based on how much you have to move, so don’t pay to move things you don’t need.

You should also take note of any high-value items you have, such as jewellery. Find out whether your home insurance policy covers damage or loss during the move. Otherwise, you may need additional coverage.

Also, it’s important to be aware of any challenges a moving company may face, either at your current home or in the new one. These could include very narrow stairs or hallways.

Book early

Don’t wait until the last minute to book movers. Mississauga movers book up well in advance, and if you want the best choice of movers (and, often, the best rate) it’s important to book early.

Get word of mouth recommendations

Word of mouth is one of the best sources for information when it comes to hiring any kind of services, and moving is no exception. Ask trusted friends and family members for the names of moving companies they would recommend – and those they would steer clear from. Remember, warnings to stay away from certain companies are just as valuable as recommendations.

It’s also a good idea to call the Better Business Bureau to find out whether any company you are considering hiring has had any complaints filed against it. Although complaints filed with the BBB can be taken with a grain of salt to a certain extent, several complaints should probably raise some red flags.

Ask lots of questions

Interview potential movers. Ask things like whether they offer long-distance moving services, whether they belong to a trade association, how long they have been in business, what their rates are, etc. The more information you have, the better informed you will be to choose a company to move your belongings.

Get everything in writing

Always get a quote in writing and ask that it outline, in detail, exactly what the fee includes. Find out about warrantees and policies regarding broken, lost or damaged items.

Go with your gut

Finally, it is absolutely imperative that you listen to your gut feeling when you interview a moving company. If for any reason you feel like they aren’t a reputable company, steer clear. Your gut instinct is rarely wrong.

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