By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
When you are knee-deep in moving--new residence, new city, new everything--you may disregard one of the most vital choices you'll want to make--which moving company would be the best one to employ to physically move all your stuff? Choosing a reputable moving company in Colorado Springs is critical to having a smooth, worry-free move, so pay attention to these tips for selecting the best mover for your unique situation.
Ask for Referrals
Ask your real estate contact if they have a moving company who they would recommend. They know who is great, and who's not wonderful but has a flashy bright website designed to entice you in. Google movers in your area--then check with the BBB and other consumer agencies, like Angie's List, for ratings and complaints.
Check for Registration
When you search movers, you should be able to get the company's DOT registration number along with their physical address. This means they are affiliates 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 upfront with you.
Get Your Estimate in Writing
Professional moving companies have account managers and customer service coordinators on hand to do precisely that—assess the details of your move, put together written estimates, and basically be the point person for you. If your move is not complex and you have all the details on what you are moving a phone estimate may work; if you have a sizable house with lots of storage, a basement, and a barn, they should send an estimator to your home to view the entire residence to ensure an accurate number. Your estimate should be in writing--not a verbal ballpark.
On Moving Day
Uniformed movers and marked trucks--It might seem kind of picky, but make sure the moving van
truck's logo, movers uniforms, and the estimate letterhead all are similar. Professional movers are willing to confirm with you who they are employed by; if a group of guys arrive in unmatching t-shirts, feel free to question them. They should also bring the correct equipment--dollies, gloves, hand trucks, and moving blankets.
The crew manager should walk through your house with you to check for existing imperfections in furniture. Some moving companies may even take pictures of scratches, scrapes, and dings with a smartphone and send you the images, so if there is transit damage it's quick to prove.
Moving to Colorado Springs can be stressful, but with the right movers it can be lively and fun, also. A-1 Freeman Moving Group has been in business long enough to make it fun, so we should be your point person for any move in town, across the country or around the globe. Contact us today!