What to look for in professional New Hampshire movers? College Bound Movers explains what to look for when moving.
When a commercial or residential move is on your horizon, your first thought may be: who can I trust to relocate my belongings? It’s wise to start doing your homework on New Hampshire movers as soon as possible. That way, you can be assured you are choosing the right NH mover in terms of services, reputation and rates.
Here are some tips on what to look for in professional New Hampshire movers.
1. Ask About Experience and Years in Business
You should always choose an established company that has been in business for many years in New Hampshire. With many years in business comes proven experience, skill, training, reputation and loyalty with clients.
2. Compare Estimates
Gather at least three estimates from three different companies. Don’t just go with the first company you call. Weigh the services and prices that most fit your needs, and consider other factors as well as years in business and friendliness. Don’t hire a mover based solely on the lowest estimates, advises Moving Tips. While you should definitely consider price, going with a lowball offer may mean you end up with surprise fees or sub-par service later.
3. Ask About License and Insurance
You have every right to ask about proof of these two items, so be prepared to walk away if they refuse. If a company isn’t licensed and insured, this puts your property and belongings at a high risk.
4. Look for Transparent Rates
When calling an NH mover to book service, they will provide you with a flat number based on how many hours and how many movers will be needed. Keep in mind that this base rate doesn’t include any extra services such as packing, supplies, storage, etc. It also doesn’t include them having to move very large, cumbersome or awkward items such as pianos and pool tables.
Those will always cost more because they involve a lot more time, work and supplies to complete. Always tell your mover ahead of time about specialty items so they can give you the most accurate quote possible.
Speaking of accuracy, don’t settle for a quote over the phone unless they follow it up with an in-person estimate. Phone quotes are OK for general pricing but to get an accurate quote they will need to visit your home and assess the layout. Many things affect price, such as how many floors the residence has, if there is an elevator, what the parking situation is, how many and what kind of items you have, etc.
A reputable mover will always visit in person and then come up with a detailed quote. Look for a mover that is transparent in their prices so there are no extra fees or surprises later. If you have questions about the quote, always ask follow-ups.
5. Find Out if They Offer Specialty Services
Most movers will offer standard services like local, long distance, residential and commercial moves. Some will also offer storage or packing. But not all movers will lift heavy things like pianos, so always call and ask if this is something you need. Other extra services can include estate cleanout, labor only movers, move-in/move-out cleaning, junk removal or white glove service.
Will the company you’re considering move valuable items, such as jewelry, artwork and antiques? It’s possible they don’t have the manpower or fleet to move certain things, like safes. It’s always best to call beforehand.
Some extra services you may require include:
- Exercise equipment
- Hot tubs
- Gun safes
- Large sectionals
- Estate cleanouts
- Assembly and disassembly
- Packing and unpacking
- Senior moves
- Loading and unloading
6. Confirm the Service Area
Learn the service area of the moving company you’re considering. If you aren’t sure if they service your particular area, call and ask. Ideally you want a local company with experience in your desired area because they will know all the neighborhoods, shortcuts and road closures to contend with.
For instance, our service area includes Merrimack NH, Nashua NH, Manchester NH, Concord NH and all of New England.
Contact College Bound Movers
We are conveniently located in Merrimack NH. If you require moving assistance of any kind, get in touch with us for a free quote at (603)-716-9922. Our hours are 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, and Closed Sunday.