By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
When you are knee-deep in moving--new house, new town, new everything--you may disregard one of the most important decisions you'll need to make--which moving company should you hire to physically move all your stuff? Selecting a reputable moving company in Little Rock is vital to having a smooth, worry-free move, so follow these tips for picking the best mover for your needs.
Ask for Referrals
Ask your real estate contact which moving company they would recommend. They are aware who's good, and who's not good but has a flashy bright website designed to draw you in. Google movers in your area--then double check with the BBB and other consumer agencies, like Angie's List, for reviews and complaints.
Check for Registration
When you search movers, you should see the company's DOT registration number along with their contact info. 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 honest with you.
Get Your Estimate in Writing
Professional moving companies have employees on hand to do just that—assess the specifics of your move, provide written estimates, and basically be the point person for you. If your move is uncomplicated and you have all the details on what you are moving a phone estimate could work; if you have a large home with attics, a basement, and a garage, they should send an estimator to your house to walk through the entire home 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 stupid, but make sure the moving truck's logo, movers shirts, and the estimate paperwork all are similar. Professional movers are willing to confirm with you who they work for; if a group of guys arrive in haphazard t-shirts, feel free to show them the door. They should also bring the proper equipment--dollies, gloves, hand trucks, and moving blankets.
The crew leader should walk through your house with you to verify existing blemishes in furniture. Some moving companies might even snap pictures of scratches, scrapes, and dents with a smartphone and send you the pictures, so if there is transit damage it's quick to confirm.
Moving to Little Rock can be worrisome, but with the right movers it can be exhilarating and fun, too. A-1 Freeman Moving Group has been in business 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!