By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
When you're up to your eyeballs in moving--new home, new locale, new everything--you may overlook one of the most vital decisions you will want to make--which moving company are you going to hire to actually move all your things? Choosing a reputable moving company in El Paso is crucial to having a smooth, worry-free move, so pay attention to these suggestions for picking the best mover for your needs.
Ask for Referrals
Ask your real estate contact if they have a moving company who they would recommend. They are aware who's good, and who's not great but has a shiny bright website designed to draw you in. Google movers in the area--then check with the BBB and other consumer agencies, like Angie's List, for reviews and issues.
Check for Registration
When you look for movers, you should see 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 in compliance with federal safety regulation. It also means they are more likely to be fair with you.
Get Your Estimate in Writing
Professional moving companies have customer service coordinators on staff to do exactly that—go over the particulars of your move, provide written estimates, and basically be the point person for you. If your move is not complex and you have all the particulars on what you're moving a phone estimate could work; if you have a big residence with lots of storage, a basement, and a garage, they should send an estimator to your residence to view the whole home to ensure an accurate quote. Your estimate needs to be in writing--not a verbal ballpark.
On Moving Day
Uniformed movers and marked trucks--It seems a bit dumb, but be sure the moving van
truck's logo, movers uniforms, and the estimate paperwork all match. Professional movers are happy to let you know who they are employed by; if a bunch of guys get there in unmatching t-shirts, feel free to question them. They should also bring the correct equipment and supplies--dollies, gloves, hand trucks, and moving blankets.
The crew manager should walk through your residence with you to verify existing flaws in furniture. Some moving companies might even take pictures of scratches, scrapes, and dents with a smartphone and send you the images, so if there is transit damage it's easy to confirm.
Moving to El Paso can be stressful, but with the right movers it can be exhilarating and fun, too. A-1 Freeman Moving Group has been in business long enough to make it fun, so we are your point person for any move in town, across the country or around the globe. Contact us today!