1. Search for the right ones and not the cheap ones: While comparing
the quotes offered by packers and movers, always chose height weight estimate as
compared to lowest quote estimate. A good packer and mover will be more concerned about
the weight and dimensions of your shipping goods than quoting the cheapest bid. one
tactic rogue movers often use is purposely under-estimating the weight of your items and
focussing on providing you with cheapest price. A good mover is always more concerned
about your relocation.
2. Conduct a thorough initial screening: It is always advisable to
check the previous track record of the service provider you are thinking to
contact.Collect some basic info about packers and movers to verify reliability and
credibility Go for their reviews online and try to find genuine reviews from their
former clients, as many a times these reviews are fictitious and are deliberately
sponsored by the company themselves. So, it is always better if you talk to the person
personally who posted their reviews online.
3. Get at least 4 to 5 quotes from trustworthy packers and movers
company: Don’t act haste in finalising your deal in the first go. Contact
atleast 4-5 movers. Talk to the company in detail and tell them your expected budget and
ask them to give you break-up of their quotation like Packing, Transportation, Loading,
Unloading, Handling, etc.
4. Ask them for a home visit, estimated time & Material Used: Before
finalising the movers, ask them to first visit your home and look for the shipping
requirements and its details, ask them the estimated time they would take to deliver the
items and does it fits your shifting schedule. And also don’t forget to ask for the
quality of material they will be using for packaging your goods. Fragile items need a
5. See To It That There Are No Hidden Costs: Make it very clear about
the details of your shifting which should include each and every small to big items you
need them to shift, all the taxes being charged, the exact pickup location to the
destination place, does your destination place has a lift or not, how many labours they
will employ for your shifting. Make it very clear about the exact price for the complete
shifting so, as to avoid any quarrels later on the day of shifting.
6. Do They Offer Insurance?: No matter how much they claim about the
quality of their packing, sometimes fragile items like glasses material may get damaged.
So, ask them about the assurance. Talk to them about the breakage which may be caused
during the process, do they take the responsibility and do they offer Insurance of your
7. Claim For Breakage Of Your Items: It is very important if you want
to make a claim that you sign an inventory sheet with the company where you report in
detail about all your inventory being shifted and get a properly signed receipt from the
movers. In case of you notice damage after unpacking a claim must be filed within nine
months after delivery. It is always best to report the damage as soon as possible. The
mover must acknowledge receipt of your claim within 30 days and must deny or make an
offer within 120 days of receipt of your claim.
8. Ask for Add-on Service: Don’t forget to ask for any add-on service
which they may be offering for free like free storage for a couple of days,etc.