By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
When you are knee-deep in moving--new residence, new town, new everything--you might disregard one of the most vital selections you'll want to make--which moving company are you going to contract to actually move all your stuff? Picking a reputable moving company in Dallas is critical to your move's success, so pay attention to these suggestions for selecting the best mover for your circumstances.
Ask for Referrals
Ask your realtor for a moving company referral. They know who is good, and who's not good but has a shiny bright website designed to draw you in. Google movers in your area--then check with the BBB and other consumer agencies, like Angie's List, for ratings and issues.
Check for Registration
When you look for movers, you should be able to get the company's DOT registration number along with their physical address. This means they are a part of the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration, and that they are adhering to federal safety regulation. It also means they are more likely to be upfront with you.
Get Your Estimate in Writing
Professional moving companies have employees on hand to do precisely that—assess the particulars of your move, assemble written estimates, and basically be the point person for you. If your move is not complex and you have all the particulars on what you're moving an over-the-phone consult might work; if you have a large house with attics, a basement, and a shed, they should send an estimator to your residence to view the whole house to ensure an accurate quote. Your estimate must be in writing--not a verbal ballpark.
On Moving Day
Uniformed movers and marked trucks--It might seem a bit picky, but be sure the moving van
truck's logo, movers shirts, and the estimate paperwork all match. Professional movers are happy to confirm with you who they work for; if a bunch of guys show up in haphazard t-shirts, feel free to show them the door. They should also bring the correct equipment--dollies, gloves, hand trucks, and moving blankets.
The crew leader should walk through your home with you to check for existing flaws in furniture. Some moving companies will even snap pictures of scratches, scrapes, and dings with a smartphone and send you the pictures, so if there is transit damage it's easy to prove.
Moving to Dallas can be worrisome, but with the right movers it can be exhilarating and fun, also. A-1 Freeman Moving Group has been around long enough to make it fun, so we're your point person for any move in town, across the country or around the globe. Contact us today!