You should always have a clear plan when planning to move cross-country. A move of such distance can be much more complicated than a move across town, so don’t try to go it alone. When moving from one province to another, professional movers can make all the difference. With the number of providers out there, how can you choose the best one? You should look into several important factors before booking a moving company for your long-distance relocation.
1. Set up an Appointment
Look into some movers that are local to your area, or search out a well-known national chain and have them come to your home to give an estimate. In most cases this consultation is free, so don’t be afraid to use it. You should be wary of any mover that says they won’t need to see your belongings. When the company comes to evaluate your moving needs, make sure they exude professionalism. Arriving on time, well-dressed and prepared are all signals of a reputable mover.
2. Look at Reviews
For the few movers that you have shortlisted, check their customer reviews on sites like Yelp or Facebook. These reviews can be a valuable window into working with each company. However, take these online reviews with a grain of salt. People are more likely to post negative reviews of moving companies, because if the move went well, they’d be busy unpacking! So, if your movers of choice have a few bad reviews, don’t count them out completely. Look deeper into any companies with poor reviews while keeping an open mind.
3. Ask Questions
In Canada, there is no requirement for movers to be licensed. However, in 2004 the Canadian government established the Good Practice Guidelines for Canadian Movers that can be followed voluntarily. Professional movers will provide customers with a pamphlet that outlines mover rights and responsibilities, and written material regarding liability for loss or damage. Make sure to ask if the company is insured, and has workers’ compensation coverage. These questions will help you get a better sense of your potential moving company.
4. Get the Details
For cross-country moves, it’s important to know the details of how your relocation will occur. Your moving company should tell you who is responsible for packing, what types of boxes can be used, and how boxes should be stored and labelled. They should make you aware of any seasonal promotions or bonuses, and whether a deposit will be required prior to your move date. If your movers are reluctant to provide details or won’t answer your questions, look elsewhere!
A move across the country is a huge job. You should make sure that the people hired to complete that job are up to the task. In the sea of moving companies, it can be difficult to know which movers are reputable and will treat your belongings with care. By meeting in person, looking at reviews, asking questions and clarifying details, you can rest assured that your choice of movers is a good one.