Choosing a moving company can be a hassle. There are dozens of Orlando moving companies, so how can you possibly decide which one will provide you with the best quality service for the best value?
Besides taking a couple of months to read everything you can about every company, there are some steps you can take to prevent a moving company nightmare.
First, consult our “How to Choose a Moving Company” graphic and save it for future reference. Then, read our expanded tips below.
Do Your Homework on Local Moving Companies
Research is crucial when you’re getting ready to move. There are plenty of local moving companies to choose from and they all do essentially the same tasks, but what you’re really looking for is which has the best level of service.
That’s why when starting your search, it’s best to read plenty of reviews first.
It’s like asking trusted friends and family for their advice when you don’t have any friends or family with moving company recommendations. There are plenty of moving company review sites out there, but our favorites are MovingCompanyReviews.com, MyMovingReviews.com, Yelp, Angie’s List, and Google Reviews. (Click on the links to see what Cento customers have to say about us!)
Once you’ve narrowed your selection down to 5-7 moving companies, double-check that they are all licensed, insured, and have a good rating with the Better Business Bureau.
Finally, do a deep dive on their websites to see exactly what services they provide, what their base pricing is, and if they can handle your moving job. After all, not all moving companies handle long distance moves or have added packing and storage services.
Don’t be shy about calling your top choices to get a feel for how their operation works and how responsive they are.
Understanding a Moving Estimate
Most people choose their moving company based on cost, and that’s understandable. That’s why the first step many moving companies ask you to complete is to request a moving estimate.
The best moving companies will ask you to be as specific as possible about your moving needs and while it may seem like a lot of listing, it’s for your benefit. The more accurate depiction you give them of your belongings, the more accurate the moving estimate they give you.
You’ll want to get a least three moving estimates from different companies, so you can really compare the service they’re offering you. Make sure each estimate includes an itemized list of the services to be provided as well as any possible day-of charges.
Many moves, local or long-distance, include a fuel charge for the truck, a minimum time commitment, and add-ons for certain materials like mattress padding or extra boxes and tape. You want to know all this beforehand so you know what moving materials you yourself need to buy.
The moving estimate should also tell you how payment is handled, the company’s cancellation policy, and items the movers are not allowed to move themselves, so there are no surprises on moving day.
Most moving companies work on a hourly rate, but you don’t want to just choose the cheapest one and call it a day. The cheapest moving company after all might be the slowest, costing you more in the long run.
Finally, remember that your moving estimate is not a binding contract; it’s an offer. Ask questions before making a final decision, and go with the company that gives you the clearest answers.
Reward Your Movers With a Good Review
One of the best tools in choosing a moving company is the reviews, so pay it forward once you’re settled in your new home.
A good review isn’t necessarily a positive one. The most important aspect is that your review is honest and thorough. here are some tips on writing a good moving company review:
- Be Studious. Make sure you have done your homework and have a good background of information (from your own experience as well as other reviews) before you write your review.
- Be Respectful. Don’t resort to name-calling/profanity or type in all caps. Be collected enough that others reading the review will take you seriously.
- Be Thorough. Go beyond a simple “Great company! Would hire again!” Take the time to explain what made the company so great (or not so great, as the case may be).
- Be Fair. Don’t blame the moving company for things that aren’t their fault. For example, if a bad storm hit the day you scheduled your move, don’t get angry that the company had to reschedule. Instead, discuss how the company handled the delay and what (if anything) they did to make things easier on you.
- Be Forgiving. If worse comes to worst, resist the urge to get into an online war with the company on a review site. If the company responds positively to your concerns and makes an effort to make things right, great. If they company ignores your concerns (or, worse yet, fights back), let their response be a reflection on them. Obviously, if the moving company was grossly negligent and refuses to provide the necessary compensation, you should obtain legal consultation and include the details of the matter in your online review.
Pick The Best Orlando Moving Company: Cento Family Moving & Storage
Picking a great moving company can make or break your move, so it’s important to take all the right steps when making your selection.
In the end, what’s most important is that you find a moving company that can do the job you need, and Cento Moving has done every moving job you can imagine. We’ve moved happy customers all over Orlando, Florida, and to every other state except Alaska, and we’ve handled plenty of commercial moves as well as residential. We offer packing services and storage in addition to moving, and we’re ready to make your moving day a breeze!
If you’re in the market for a moving company, give Cento Family Moving & Storage a call (or fill out our quote form for a free estimate). Or, you can start by reading some of our recent reviews. We love a happy customer!