10 Ways To Find a Qualified Mover
March 5, 2014
Finding the right moving company can be really tough. It’s hard to know who to trust in the world of moving companies and you want someone that has the capability of handling all of your stuff safely and getting it to where it needs to be at exactly the right time. You also want to know that the company you are dealing with is legitimate, has insurance and a good reputation. When it comes to finding the right moving company, you really have to do your research first. Here are 10 ways to help you find the right mover for your next Long Island move.
Make sure that the mover you choose is licensed by the NY State Dept of Transportation. You can find this information out by calling the DOT at 800-786-5368; they should be able to tell you if the mover’s DOT certificate number is legit.
Visit your local Better Business Bureau website to make sure that there aren’t many complaints against them; if there are a lot of unresolved problems, you may want to look for a different mover.
Ask your mover if they carry Worker’s Compensation Insurance, because this is required by the DOT. Although this type of insurance may add to the cost of doing business, it protects you in case one of the mover’s employees is injured during your move.
Check to make sure that their place of business really does exist. Actually visiting their place of business can also tell you about their service. Is the office clean and organized? Are they properly staffed? This can give you an idea of the company’s integrity and professionalism.
Be wary of any company that uses high-pressure tactics by telemarketers. This may be a ploy to get a sales person into your home to give you an estimate; you should research the company before you invite someone into your home to provide an estimate.
Don’t listen to the stories from sales personnel that knock the competition; a high-integrity moving firm would not put the competition down to make themselves look better.
Is the company listed in last year’s Yellow Pages? If they are in the Yellow Pages year after year, it means they are a company that’s been around for awhile. If they are a new company, they could be a legitimate new company, OR they could be a mover whose DOT license was revoked and they are trying to start up a new business under a different name.
Is it possible to meet and talk to the owner? If you can actually get a hold of the owner of the company (either by phone or in person), you will be able to develop a feeling of confidence whether or not the owner is experienced and capable enough to offer professional moving services.
Is it possible to get recommendations from the company? Satisfied customers are the best sales pitch for a moving company. With both large and small companies, a business person is only as good as his or her local reputation.
Check to see if the company is a member of the New York State Movers & Warehousemen’s Association (NYSMWA). This Association was established more than 75 years ago to provide consumers with reputable, high quality service at reasonable cost. This Association checks a moving company’s DOT certificate, worker’s compensation insurance coverage and reputation before accepting the company as a member.
Following these tips will help you choose the right mover for your next move. For a company that offers exceptional service with friendly staff and reasonable prices, look no further than Long Island Moving & Storage. Contact Long Island Moving And Storage today for more information on our services and to learn why so many New Yorkers choose us for all their moving, packing and storage needs.