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Summer may be the busy moving season in Montreal, but that isn’t to say no one moves during the rest of the year. You may be moving because of school, a new job, new opportunities, new love (or love faded) or perhaps you’ve just purchased your first home! No matter the reason, people move in Montreal all year, and the same mistakes are always made.
Many people assume a move will be a quick two-hour ordeal that they can do mostly by themselves, or with the help of a couple of friends. A nice thought, but way off. No matter where you're going in the city and with any amount of boxes, your move will be difficult. Best to get over that now and look for ways to make the whole process easier.
The quickest fix to any moving woes is getting professional movers to do all the heavy lifting, literally. But even with getting movers, there's still a bunch of stuff you'll need to take care of before, during, and after the big move. For one, not all movers are friendly, fast, and reliable, so you're going to need to weed out the zeroes from the moving heroes.
"Bust A Move Moving", a Montreal-based moving company that prides itself on solid customer service, is a great option. With their help, we’ve put together a list of tips on moving and movers in general to help you in your decision making process.
Ask your friends for referalls, not for help
Let’s face it, your friends will probably have an excuse when you ask them to help you move and if they agree to help you move, they usually back out at the last minute leaving you stranded. Family is another option but having your mom help you move your appliances isn’t a safe bet. Your friends and families aren’t movers so don’t ask them to break their backs for you. They have, however, probably gone through a few moves themselves, so do ask them what companies they may have used in the past, because insight from someone you actually trust is better than any other recommendation.
Maybe your friends are totally useless, not being able to help you move and knowing nothing about any local movers. If that's the case, maybe its time to reevaluate some friendships, but before that, use the greatest resource of the modern age: the internet. A quick Google search will get things going and get at least a few options for you to choose from.
Read Online Reviews
Rating others is a harsh reality well all must face on the internet, and thankfully that extends to moving companies as well. After you've compiled a solid list of potential movers, check out their online rating and user reviews on all forms of social media. Obvious online spots to check out are Yelp and Google+, and more geared towards the industry, head to My Moving Reviews.com
Follow Up With A Phone Call
Making an attractive website is easy these days, and just because a company’s website good, doesn’t mean the same traits will carry over into the quality of their service. You can tell a lot about a person just by talking to them on the phone, and the same can be said about a moving company. Ring up whatever company you chose and confirm whatever their site may say (rates, hours, etc.) and analyze how on-point they are. If the representative is readily prepared and answers you in a speedy and courteous manner, that’s a good sign, if it’s some random dude who doesn’t know a thing or seem to care, you may want to call up someplace else.
Get it in writing
Most moving company websites will have an online quote form for you to fill out, so you can get a general sense of how much you're going to be spending. Be sure to print out a hard copy of the price quote, allowing you to read up on the fine print details. It also ensures that you have physical evidence of the proposed price, just in case your actual price is many dollars above the quote and you need some proof to contest (or at least get some justification for) the bill.
Price isn't everything
Keeping money in your pocket is definitely a primary concern if you're getting movers, already a more expensive endeavor than doing the move yourself. You're saving yourself a huge hassle by getting movers, that's a given, so save yourself another hassle by letting price be a factor, and not the ultimate decider, when choosing a moving company. Most movers charge by the hour, but you can't really control their rate of work. One place may only charge a lot less per hour, but also employ workers who take a million smoke breaks and make the whole move take an extra three hours anyway. "You get what you pay for" couldn't apply more to the moving industry, so make sure you do enough background checking to see if your mover-deal really is too good to be true.
Get it in writing, again.
Once you're ready to go on moving day and your company rolls out onto your street, before you bust out any boxes, make sure your movers come bearing a contract. A written out contract, outlining the services, is crucial. If anything, ask for a copy in advance, so you know exactly what you'll be signing on the day of. A moving company that shows up without any paper work is a sign of sketchiness. You've been warned.
Inquire About Insurance Options
In a perfect world, your move will go off without a hitch and nothing will be damaged. That may even be the case for most moves, but you should always prepare for the worst. A quick question to your chosen moving company regarding their insurance and coverage options will give you some piece of mind during the move and make sure you've covered your bases.
Go With Your Gut
Like anything in life, you have to make a decision based on what and how you feel about something. Do your research, shop around and choose a moving company that you feel will take good care of your items and honour your reservation. Moving is expensive, so make sure you choose a company that will provide you with the best moving experience possible and don’t be shy to ask lots of questions along the way. Finding a reliable moving company is a necessity.
Don't drink. Seriously
You've seen (or created) the Facebook status: "Moving tomorrow! Anyone who helps gets free beer!" A great move to get your pals in on the move, and makes the whole event feel like a party...until it just turns into a party. When moving, it's best to just not solicit your friends and entice them with alcohol and just get professional help.
Before planning your move, be sure to check out all of your options. Bust A Move Moving fits all the requirements and they're definitely worth checking out!