As the Top Rated Local® moving company in Visalia, we know that California is packed with professional packers and movers. That being said, not all packing and moving companies are the same — in fact, some aren’t even properly licensed and insured. Relocation is one of those things that you really don’t want to gamble with, so here are some things to ask your prospective moving company before signing any contracts.

Are You Licensed And Insured?

All the best moving companies are licensed and insured, meaning that they have been issued a license number by the state or the U.S. Department of Transportation and offer insurance options for your belongings (usually determined by weight). Asking if your moving company is licensed and insured helps you determine whether or not you’re talking to a scammer or a random group of college kids that want to earn a little extra cash, giving you peace of mind that you are putting your belongings in the hands of someone you can trust. It also gives you access to any online complaints people have made about the company.

Can I Get A Free Moving Quote?

We’re just going to come out and say it: moving companies that don’t provide free quotes are kidding themselves. When you go to a professional packer and mover and ask for their rates, they should be able to provide you with a free, on-the-spot moving quote based on the scope of your move, what services you require (packing services or someone to just load up your boxes and drive the moving truck), what specialty items you own (pianos, antiques, etc.), and so on and so forth. With a free moving quote, you can determine whether or not it’s worth it to hire the moving company without wasting any time or money upfront.

Do You Charge Extra Fees?

Some packing and moving companies will charge extra fees even though they already gave you a free moving quote. These include fees for moving on certain days and at certain times, moving you to or from a high-rise apartment, moving specialty items, etc. Trust us, the last thing you want is for your moving company to show up to load up your things and spring a bunch of extra charges on you. Asking about additional fees can save you tons of money upfront, as they should be included in your initial quote so you can factor this into your decision to hire.

Do You Have Reviews Or Referrals?

Reputable moving companies are just that, and most of them will have testimonials on hand so you can see what others have to say about the company before you hire them. Asking for company reviews or referrals is a good way to ensure that you aren’t entrusting someone with your belongings based only on their word. At Pack N Move in Visalia, we are happy to provide this on request, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you would like to see reviews from past customers. And, if you’re ready to move and are looking for the right packers and movers for the job, get a free moving quote from us while you’re at it. We look forward to helping you move!