The Top 5 Questions to Ask Before Hiring Moving Los Angeles Companies
The relocation process, both in Los Angeles and in other parts of the country, is a complex one and there are so many things that can go wrong before it is over. This is why it is advisable to procure the services of professional moving Los Angeles companies to help you if you are planning to move to a new neighborhood within the city or even to a whole new town. But, while hiring moving los Angeles companies is in itself is a smart move, you also have to know the right questions to ask before hiring that company in order to reduce risks and make sure that you get high quality services worth the money you are paying. In this respect, the following are some of the most important questions that you should ask before you hire any professional moving service provider in LA.
Are they brokers or are they the actual movers?
In the moving industry, there are many brokers who play the role of connecting people who want to move with the right mover for a fee. You should try as much as possible to deal directly with moving companies rather than brokers. At GETMOVED we always advice our clients to come to us directly although we also handle clients referred to us from brokers and middlemen. There are two main problems with hiring brokers. First of all, the charge additional fees for their services which only rake up the total costs that you will incur in moving and this is quite an unreasonable expense especially if you have a tight budget. Secondly, the brokers do not bear any responsibility for anything that should happen to your property while it is under transportation. All that responsibility is borne by the actual mover since it is their people that will load and offload all the boxes and also handle their transportation. They are the ones to account for the contents of each and every box regardless of whether or not they were engaged in the packing process.
Do they give binding quotes?
Quotes from most of the moving Los Angeles companies that are obtained either by phone or online from automatic quote generators are usually not binding and the same goes for our quotes as well. This is because these quotes are dependent on the accuracy of the information that you provide when requesting the quote and if that information is not accurate than the actual charges will differ from the quote you receive. However, if you ask for an onsite quote, then we will send an expert to your home or place of business to physically asses everything about the things to be moved and then give you a binding or ‘not to exceed’ quote. The price mentioned on that quote will not be exceed when it comes to the actual moving day.
Will the items be transferred during transportation?
For long distance moving across state lines, many movers usually change vehicles during the journey and it is important to know in advance if this is going to happen since the risk of your goods being damaged increases when the items are transferred from one moving vehicle to another.
What type of insurance cover is included in the quote?
Even though most of the best moving companies in the city will try their best to ensure that your items are delivered to their destinations in the same condition as they were picked up, accidents can and may happen along the way resulting in damage or loss of your property. As such, it is important to ensure that the moving company you choose provides adequate insurance cover that will ensure you are compensated if such things do happen. At GETMOVED, our insurance is pegged at sixty cents per pound but this is not fixed and you can talk to us and negotiate for something more acceptable for you if you wish to do so.
Who will be responsible if something breaks or goes missing during transportation?
In the event that your property is damaged or lost, you should know whether that will counts as a loss for you or whether the moving company will compensate you for that as well. This aspect is closely tied to the kind of service you are paying for. For instance, if you are paying for transportation only and you do the packing on your own, then the movers will not be held responsible for anything that gets damaged because it was poorly packaged.