It only takes a matter of seconds to find a list of movers in your area on the Internet. Seriously, type in “movers near me” into Google and a huge list will come up. However, it’s not as easy to find a reliable mover in your area. Between all of the different sites, incentives, and discounted offers, it can be confusing to select the right mover. But, it’s important that you do because the last thing you want is to get caught in a moving scam.
The following tips are applicable regardless of where you are moving from or to, but today I want to focus on movers in New Jersey because, for the past four years, New Jersey has topped the list of states with more people moving out than moving in. So, how do you find a reliable interstate mover in New Jersey?
1. Research, research, research: Look at the actual website, read reviews, check the New Jersey Better Business Bureau for any filed complaints and talk to someone over the phone. If a representative gives you an estimate over the phone without physically visiting your home, you are likely headed in a bad direction.
2. Ask questions: Ask about insurance coverage, binding versus non-binding estimates, packing tools, truck sizes (if you live in an area where a large truck can’t access, such as Hoboken, you’ll need a shuttle to pick up your shipment) and representative accessibility. You can do this either before or after an in-person estimate because the estimate shouldn’t cost you anything at all. However, if you are torn between a few different companies, it might be a better idea to ask questions before an estimate to avoid wasting anybody’s time, including your own.
3. Obtain an estimate: I have touched on this in points one and two but it’s important. Your estimate should absolutely be done in person and shouldn’t cost a dime. When the move coordinator arrives to walk through your home and develop the estimated cost, be sure to tell him or her about anything that you don’t plan on taking with you. Similarly, if you have anything in storage or are planning on replacing certain furniture, give the coordinator a heads up about that as well. Don’t forget to show, or at least mention, anything that you have in the basement/attic! Being as honest and open as possible about what you will be taking with you will lead to a more accurate estimate.
4. Check and use provided resources: Does the mover have a blog? Does the website offer packing tips? Usually, a reputable mover will provide you with helpful information the moment you decide to work with them because the goal is always to give the customer a move that is as stress free and seamless as possible.
With such a high percentage of people moving out of New Jersey, it’s important to know how to find a reliable and reputable NJ mover to help. Don’t be fooled by anything that seems too good to be true because more often than not, if it seems that way, it really is too good to be true. Do your research, ask questions, obtain and in person estimate, and check out available resources before making a commitment.