By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
When you're knee-deep in moving--new house, new locale, new everything--you could overlook one of the most important decisions you will want to make--which moving company should you hire to physically move all your belongings? Choosing a reputable moving company in San Antonio is vital to your move's success, so pay attention to these suggestions for picking the best mover for your circumstances.
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 is not wonderful but has a snazzy 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 ratings and complaints.
Check for Registration
When you search movers, you should be able to find the company's DOT registration number along with their physical address. This means they are a part of the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration, and that they are adhering to federal safety regulation. It also means they are more likely to be fair with you.
Get Your Estimate in Writing
Professional moving companies have account managers and customer service coordinators on hand to do just that—assess the details of your move, provide written estimates, and fundamentally be the point person for you. If your move is simple and you have all the specifics on what you're moving an over-the-phone consult could work; if you have a big house with lots of storage, a basement, and a barn, they should send an estimator to your home to view the full house to ensure an accurate rate. Your estimate must be in writing--not a verbal ballpark.
On Moving Day
Uniformed movers and marked trucks--It seems a tad picky, but be sure the moving van
truck's logo, movers shirts, and the estimate letterhead all are similar. Professional movers are happy to tell you who they work for; if a bunch of guys arrive in unmatching t-shirts, feel free to show them the door. They should also have the applicable equipment and supplies--dollies, gloves, hand trucks, and moving blankets.
The crew manager should walk through your house with you to verify existing defects in furniture. Some movers might even take pictures of scratches, scrapes, and nicks with a smartphone and send you the images, so if there is transit damage it's simple to confirm.
Moving to San Antonio can be worrisome, but with the right movers it can be exciting 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!