Moving season is here! Throughout the summer months, more and more people will be turning to professional Seattle movers for help with their residential moves. With a high demand for the very best companies, there will be longer wait times, which in turn may tempt you to give into the high-pressure sales tactics of some companies that will promise low prices and quick scheduling.
Don’t let a disreputable mover or scammer catch you off guard. Follow these tips and you can rest easy knowing you found the right Seattle moving company for the job.
Verify a Moving Company's Identity
Before you do anything else, take the time to verify the identities of the movers you’re interested in hiring. It’s easy for someone with a van or a truck to say they’ll help you move, but if you want to make sure your belongings are safe and you’re treated with the respect you deserve, you need to verify the identity of each mover.
A few ways to verify a mover’s identity include:
- Looking for a physical address and phone number on the mover’s website
- Searching the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website for the company’s name
- Checking out online reviews, including the Better Business Bureau
Quality moving companies in Seattle, like North Coast Moving & Storage, will proudly display the details of their identity on their website loud and clear.
Look for Professional Mover Experience and Affiliations
Not only is it important to choose a company with a verifiable identity, you want to make sure you choose one that’s serious about providing quality service. That means searching for professional experience and affiliations.
Years of experience is a good place to start, but you really want to make sure employees are trained and able to handle a wide variety of moves.
Professional affiliations can tell you a lot about the quality of a business. For example, North Coast Moving & Storage is a ProMover with the American Moving and Storage Association, and we’re an agent for Allied Van Lines. We’re also proud to have won the Women’s Choice Award as America’s Most Recommended Moving company the last three years in a row.
Get Everything in Writing
The final way you can protect yourself from scammers is to get everything in writing, starting with your estimate. Request an in-home estimate and get the estimate in writing. If the estimate isn’t free, or if they only give estimates over the phone, you need to look for another moving company.
Anything and everything you and your mover agree too, when you do decide to hire a Seattle moving company, should be in writing as well. Reputable movers will not depend on verbal contracts or unfinished forms when agreeing on payment.
If you’re looking for the perfect Seattle movers, look no further than North Coast Moving & Storage! Give us a call today and we’d be happy to schedule an in-home estimate at your earliest convenience.