By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
When you are knee-deep in moving--new home, new city, new everything--you could neglect one of the most vital selections you will want to make--which moving company should you employ to physically move all your stuff? Choosing a reputable moving company in Wichita Falls is vital to having a smooth, worry-free move, so adhere to these suggestions for choosing the best mover for your unique situation.
Ask for Referrals
Ask your real estate contact for a moving company referral. They are aware who's good, and who's not wonderful but has a shiny bright website designed to lure you in. Google movers in your area--then cross check with the BBB and other consumer agencies, like Angie's List, for reviews and issues.
Check for Registration
When you Google 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 in compliance with federal safety regulation. It also means they are more likely to be honest with you.
Get Your Estimate in Writing
Professional moving companies have account managers and customer service coordinators on hand to do exactly that—go over the details of your move, put together written estimates, and fundamentally be the point person for you. If your move is not complex and you have all the specifics on what you are moving a phone estimate could work; if you have a sizable residence with lots of storage, a basement, and a garage, they should send an estimator to your home to view the full residence to ensure an accurate rate. Your estimate needs to be in writing--not a verbal ballpark.
On Moving Day
Uniformed movers and marked trucks--It might seem kind of dumb, but be sure the moving truck's logo, movers uniforms, and the estimate paperwork all are matching. Professional movers are happy to tell you who they work for; if a crew of guys get there in random t-shirts, feel free to show them the door. They should also bring the applicable equipment and supplies--dollies, gloves, hand trucks, and moving blankets.
The crew foreman should walk through your residence with you to check for existing defects in furniture. Some moving companies may even take pictures of scratches, scrapes, and nicks with a smartphone and send you the images, so if there is transit damage it's easy to verify.
Moving to Wichita Falls can be anxious, but with the right movers it can be exciting and fun, also. A-1 Freeman Moving Group has been around long enough to make it fun, so we are your point person for any move in town, across the country or around the globe. Contact us today!