When you’re planning to move to any Cape Cod retirement communities, it’s vitally important that you work with the right moving company. The question that many folks often ask is simple; how do I find the right moving company? And once I find them, what questions should I ask and how do I determine if they are qualified to protect our investments?
Don’t worry – the answers to these and other questions are easier than you’d think.
As such, here are five questions that should be included in any interview you have with a moving company – before you hire them.
Question #1 – How Long has the Moving Company been in Business?
Experience does count – especially when it comes to moving precious cargo to a different state. And in the moving industry, the length of time they have been in business also indicates several specifics about the way they conduct business. Here is how:
- A company with more than 10 years of experience in moving has more than likely shown the ability to maintain strength – even in times of economic uncertainty.
- When a moving company has been in business for a long period of time, they also are well-versed on proper moving techniques; so you’ll feel secure that your items are protected.
- An experienced moving company also knows how to treat customers well.
Question #2 – What Licenses, Insurance and Bonded Programs does the Moving Company have?
One important question to ask any contractor is whether or not they are licensed to complete their job. In the moving industry, this begins with being DOT certified. Any moving company that operates from state to state must have a US DOT number – with that number displayed on all road vehicles. However, one further step you can do to protect yourself is to verify that the DOT number they provide you is valid, by checking it in the DOT registration database. This can easily be accessed online by searching for DOT database.
Question #3 – Has the Moving Company Earned any Service Awards?
This is important because you usually have a choice of many different moving companies. However, if three or four companies all have equal experience, licensing and insurance coverage, what often separates winners from losers in this industry is their customer service record. And those that have displayed great customer satisfaction will often be recognized for these efforts. You can also check with the local BBB (Better Business Bureau) to see if they have a positive rating before you hire them to move you.
Question #4 – What should I do before the moving company arrives?
Another common concern for those planning to retire is packing and moving requirements. As such, it’s important for you to find a moving company that will provide all the needed services that will make moving to a Cape Cod retirement community as easy as possible.
Question #5 – How Long will it take for the entire moving process?
Finally, you’ll want to get all of your ducks in a row to plan your moving logistics. This will include several items such as:
- Planning on moving your personal vehicles, pets, personal items
- Planning on scheduling to shut off utilities in your current home and to turn on utilities at your new home.
- Scheduling extra help from friends and family to assist with any pre or post moving activities.
Regardless of what type of moving company you plan to hire, make sure you ask anybody you intend on hiring these questions and you’ll quickly find the right company to move you to the best Cape Cod retirement communities easily, affordably and safely.