Most of the time, moving day seems more like a big, complex, stressful event than it does moving your possessions from one place to another.  Anyone who has been through a move knows just how stressful that day and the days leading up to it can be, but you can help yourself out.  Proper planning and following tried and tested moving tips always helps, and so does choosing the right moving and storage company to handle the move.  Here are some tips to help you make the right choice.

Consider Your Needs

This is a big one that not a lot of people think about ahead of time.  Are you moving a long distance or just across town?  Do you require packing services or will you do it yourself?  Do you need some or all of your items stored for any length of time?  Different movers have different specialties, so take the time to figure out exactly what you need before you hire a moving company. 

Shop Around

The best way to find the best deal for your move is to shop around and see what’s out there.  Sure, your sister, boss or friend may have suggested a mover they used and loved, but that doesn’t mean they will be right for you.  It also doesn’t mean they won’t, so don’t discount other people’s referrals, just look around some before you settle on just one.

Make Your Assessment

When you think you’ve narrowed down the field sufficiently, it’s time to make an assessment on what you’ve seen.

–       Does the moving company have experience?  If so, how much?

–       Are they fully insured?

–       Do they provide written estimates?

–       Will they be doing all the work with their own equipment and employees?

–       What type of storage facilities do they have?

–       Can they offer you any deals?

–       Are there any hidden fees, and is a deposit required?

–       What happens if they damage your goods?

Ask as many questions as you feel are necessary to feel comfortable that this is the right company for you.  It doesn’t have to be a month-long interrogation, but they are handling some of your most cherished possessions, so it’s good to feel confident.

Important Tips

If you can’t seem to figure out who to go with, look for a name you recognize that has a good reputation in the moving industry.  References are always valuable when hiring a service provider, so ask for references of past customers and don’t hesitate to call them.  And even though you may be tempted, avoid choosing your mover based on price alone.  It can be tempting to go for the cheapest price, but you’ll probably get the cheapest service, too.

If you are looking for an exceptional moving service with over 50 years of experience with both small and large-scale moves, contact McWilliams Moving & Storage today.

Located in Peterborough & Kitchener Waterloo, McWilliams has provided exceptional moving services throughout Canada and around the world for more then 60 years.


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