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How to Choose a Moving Company in San Francisco

  • By lemaster
  • 11 Jul, 2016

Pedro's Moving & Storage - How to Choose a Moving Company in San Francisco

Packing up your home and moving can be a very time consuming and stressful process. If moving on your own sounds downright awful, then it’s time to starting looking towards a professional moving company. Knowing which company to go with is crucial to making sure you have a happy, stress free move instead of a horrible one. Moving is a stressful enough experience so finding a professional who is honest with their pricing, properly accredited, and provides a quick response to your needs is important for a smooth, care free moving experience.

Do the Research

This is the first step in finding a professional moving company. Always shop around and get recommendations. Ask your friends, family, and neighbors. Consult local real estate agents. Check the Internet for local companies located near your home and always read reviews if provided.

Don’t Just Look for the Cheapest Price

Once you’ve narrowed down the search to a few companies, it’s time to get written estimate from each one. This should be a very thorough, itemized list of all the work to be performed. If a business isn’t willing to send an employee to do a free in-home estimate, don’t waste your time with them! Be careful about phone estimates as the price can often be underestimated and you may be charged for the “difference”. Make sure you and the movers know of every aspect of the move prior to any work being preformed, as to eliminate any room for misunderstandings.

When looking for a moving company, your first impulse is to go with the lowest quote. Resist that urge.

When calling a professional, you get what you pay for. If the moving company is giving you a lower price then their competitors, you can almost count on corners being cut. Meaning your belongings will pay the price in the end.

Always Ask for Credentials

Whether you’re moving out of state or just down the road, the moving company should have some type of moving license, period. Make sure the company you contact has been in business for at least several years. Ask for references, check reviews on the Internet such as Yelp, YellowPages, etc. Always ask to see their proof of insurance and proper licensing. Regulations on licenses vary from state to state, but any company that moves across state lines will have a specific Department of Transportation (DOT) number assigned to them.

Always Ask Questions About the Contract

Take a few minutes and read the moving contract carefully before you and the contractor sign it. It should have every aspect of the move itemized, so if you see something that looks suspicious, don’t hesitate to ask about it. Always remember to keep your copy of the contract safe just incase there are any disputes later on.
By lemaster 11 Jul, 2016

Using a moving service can cut down on time and energy you need to pack and unpack boxes, and get settled in. There are also certain protections you have when you use a moving service. Your property is covered if it is damaged during the move in this very important occasion.

In San Francisco and all the surrounding areas, it is incredibly mountainous with steep hills and multiple steps. Many of the buildings also have very narrow doorways. It’s not only can be a hassle, but it can also be dangerous and costly if you don’t know what you are doing. Professional movers have insurance. Their insurance typically covers your items if anything gets broken during the move. For many people, some of the items that are being moved are extremely valuable and irreplaceable. Even though that is the case, it is better to have some type of coverage on it, where as if you move it yourself, there is no coverage on it unless you have insured those items individually.

You want to use movers who are familiar with the terrain and the design of the housing structures in areas like Los Altos Hills, or Mountain View. Moving future up or down a hill or mountain side, if that is where your new dwelling is located, is a difficult task. It is the same idea with the inside of the home. You want to work with a company that is used to going up several flights of stairs. Nobody wants tired, or inexperienced movers trying to carry their bed and dressers up to the third or fourth floor. That is how walls and the property get damaged.

You have to be careful when selecting moving companies. There are some people who say they are movers, but really they are just looking to steal your property or your money. The company you use should have a website, or at least reviews somewhere on the internet. The moving company you are thinking about using has no digital footprint, not even a social media page or website, it might be better to choose a different company. You should know what the moving service you use has done and if they are a reputable company. That will help to do decide who to choose when it is time to move.

Don’t choose just anybody when you are ready to move. Choose a company who cares about getting the job do not just quickly, but also correctly and carefully.

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By lemaster 11 Jul, 2016
At Pedro's Moving & Storage, we strive to make moving easier for everyone in San Francisco and throughout the Bay Area. Our experienced team provides professional moving and packing services at competitive and fair prices. One of the biggest causes of stress in the moving process occurs when you’re packing. Here are three tips to simplify your move.
By lemaster 11 Jul, 2016
Packing up your home and moving can be a very time consuming and stressful process. If moving on your own sounds downright awful, then it’s time to starting looking towards a professional moving company. Knowing which company to go with is crucial to making sure you have a happy, stress free move instead of a horrible one. Moving is a stressful enough experience so finding a professional who is honest with their pricing, properly accredited, and provides a quick response to your needs is important for a smooth, care free moving experience.
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