How To Avoid A Bad Moving Experience
Are you moving to a condo in the Denver Tech Center? Or maybe to a new home in Broomfield? Whether you’re moving to an apartment in Greeley or a townhome in Louisville or even an office in Colorado Springs, you want to make your move as easy as possible. And we’ve all heard nightmare moving stories, right? Where a mover adds all kinds of unexpected charges, doesn’t show up on time (or at all) or the mover strangely “loses” your sofa? The Colorado moving experts at Cowboy Moving & Storage have these five tips that can prevent you from having a terrible moving experience.
#1. Do your research. There are a lot of disreputable moving companies and scam artists on the internet. Some are unlicensed and actually make their living from theft. Others are dishonest or inexperienced. Some use day laborers that haven’t been background checked. Some have old, unreliable trucks that can break down. You want to start by finding out the basic details about the moving companies you’re considering using. Find out their street address, contact information and website. If you can’t find an actual street address—beware!
#2: Find out their online reputation. Look at online review sites like Google and BBB. Look beyond the overall rating. Take the time to read the reviews. Look for positive experiences and remember, most people only take time to comment on negative ones. That said, reading both the positive and negative reviews will help you understand how the moving company does business.
#3: Ask questions. Here’s a list that any reputable mover should be able to answer easily. If they can’t, don’t consider using them.
• How does pricing work?
• What services do you offer as part of the move? Which are standard and which cost more?
• Ask about their packing services and specifically about how they pack specialty items to protect them.
• What insurance/valuation coverage do they offer? What is the claims process if an item is lost or damaged?
• Do they offer long or short term storage should you need it?
• How long will the move take?
• How many packers/movers will be in the crew? Are they background checked and vetted for drugs and alcohol? Are they employees or contractors?
• Do they offer a Certificate of Insurance to meet your apartment building or condo’s requirements?
• Are their trucks branded with the company logo? An unbranded truck is a red flag.
#4. Examine the contract/estimate. Be sure to get estimates from multiple movers and then compare them. If one is significantly lower, it should raise suspicions. If they ask for a large deposit before the move, don’t move with them. If they only accept cash payments, don’t use them. Most companies accept credit cards, cashier’s checks and cash. In home estimates should be free.
#5: Trust your gut. How did you feel about the moving company representative who came out and gave you an estimate? Were they professional? Did they treat you with respect? Were you put on hold when you called or have to deal with an irritating answering service? You should be treated well every step of the way. Trust your gut if something feels “off.”
Talk To The Moving Experts At Cowboy Moving & Storage
If you’ve got a residential or business move coming up, be sure to talk to a team member at Cowboy Moving & Storage. The company has been serving Denver and the state of Colorado since 1968. Family owned and operated, Cowboy Moving & Storage can handle any move, large or small. When you call, your call will be answered by one of our moving professionals. Every team member is drug and alcohol tested and background checked. You’ll only work with employees, most of whom have been with Cowboy Moving & Storage for more than 10 years. And Their fleet is one of the newest in the industry. You can trust your valuable possessions—and peace of mind—to Cowboy Moving & Storage