5 Questions To Ask When Hiring A Local Moving Service

If you are preparing for a move, then you might be looking for a moving service that can help you. After all, you probably already know that moving can be made a whole lot easier if you use a moving service instead of trying to handle everything yourself, even if you aren't moving very far away from where you live right now. If you are looking into local moving services, these are some of the questions that you should ask. Then, you will know which company to hire, and you'll know a little more about the local moving service that you do end up hiring. 

1. What Do You Consider to Be "Local?"

You might not be planning on moving too far away from where you live right now, so you might be planning on hiring a local moving service. What one company considers to be a local move might be outside of the service area for a different company, however. For example, you might be moving to another county; many local moving services will still work with customers who are moving to a nearby county, but not all of them will. If you aren't sure, call a few local moving services to let them know about where you are moving from and to so that you can find a company that will help.

2. How Do You Charge?

Next, you should inquire about how the moving company charges. Some companies charge a flat rate based off of the services that they are providing, and some charge by the hour. Understanding the pricing model that the local moving service uses and then understanding about how much you're going to have to spend on your move can help you budget accordingly.

3. What Services Are Included?

Different moving companies offer different services. Some will help with everything, from packing your belongings up to moving them and unpacking them at your new home. Some don't offer full-service moves and will instead just move the boxes that you have packed up yourself. Some don't work with big, heavy items like pianos and might require you to hire a different company for this aspect of your move.

4. Do You Have Insurance?

You probably want to make sure that your belongings are covered, so inquire about whether or not the moving company has insurance coverage. You can also ask about how much coverage they have and about what will and will not be covered if something goes wrong during your move.

5. Have Your Employees Been Properly Vetted?

Of course, you probably don't want to have just anyone come into your home to pack and move your belongings. Instead, you will probably want to make sure that the job is being done by individuals who have passed background checks and drug screens. Luckily, many local moving services do vet their employees in this manner, and you'll probably want to choose one of these companies if possible.