Did you know that May is National Moving Month? This is the busiest time of the year for residential moving companies and with summer coming up and kids soon to be out of school, it’s important to be prepared well before it comes time to make your move.
Since moving companies are so busy around this time of year, it’s also a time when scammers and disreputable moving companies prey on unsuspecting victims. To make sure that your move goes according to plan, you’ll want to work with an experienced and trustworthy Orange County moving company.
At Alex Moving and Storage, we are BBB accredited business with AMSA ProMover status, and we have been one of the most trusted moving companies in Orange County for over 30 years, so we know a thing or two about how to choose the right company for your next move.
Ask your mover the right questions
Any reputable Orange County movers will be happy to answer any questions you may have to help you choose them over the competition and they should be comfortable and confident in their answers. Here are a few example questions to get you started:
- What kind of training do you offer your employees?
- Do you carry liability insurance?
- Will my goods stay on the same truck for their entire journey?
- Can you handle specialized moves?
The questions you ask will be unique to your move, but beware of any company that tries to skirt an answer or offers an unsatisfying response.
Get written estimates in person
It’s important to be thorough when interviewing moving companies, so you’ll want to get your estimate in writing before hiring a mover. Be sure that the estimates are based on a walk-through in your home and an assessment of the household goods to be moved.
Without seeing the items in your home and the layout of your building or house, it’s very difficult to create an accurate quote. Beware of any company that offers to give you an estimate online or over the phone without seeing your space and household goods in person, as this is often a sign of a scam.
Avoid large down payments
While it is not unusual to pay a small sum in advance to reserve your moving date, if a company asks for a large down payment before services have been rendered then they may be trying to take your money and run. This scam is especially common during the busy summer season, so be wary of any company that asks for more than a small deposit before your moving day.
Moving can be a headache and it can quickly turn into a nightmare when you work with a disreputable moving company. At Alex Moving & Storage, we are a trustworthy Orange County moving company that has been providing reliable moving services for over 30 years. Ready to schedule your free, no-obligation in-home quote? Give us a call or fill out our online form today!
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