Let’s admit it–moving can be stressful. If you’re looking to take a load off your back by using a moving company, here’s a short guide for avoiding common mistakes when hiring movers.

1. Picking the first company you find

Although it can be tedious, researching multiple moving companies in your search for the perfect one sure beats overspending on a bad experience.

When looking into various companies, make sure to check their ratings, reviews, and references before committing to one. Get quotes from the top contenders, and don’t just accept the first one you get back. Weigh them against each other to find the most reliable option–not necessarily the cheapest.

If you don’t want to do the research yourself, a company like Gozova does the hard work for you. We’ll curate your move, matching you with the best fit from our network of vetted moving companies. You’ll then be able to track your items, pay, tip and rate all from the app, while we make sure your crew gets the job done right.

2. Accepting a word-of-mouth estimate

When receiving an estimate, always make sure that it’s in writing before agreeing to it. Doing this ensures that no changes can be made off-record and held against you later.

3. Not booking in advance

Procrastination is just human nature, but it can cost you big during a move. If you wait until the last minute, all the reliable companies might be fully booked, and you’ll either have to take the risk with a less reputable company or reschedule your move.

Rescheduling may not seem like a big deal at first, but depending on your landlord, it may land you in a sea of late fees and extra charges. Or, you could avoid all of that by planning and booking your move early!

4. Forgetting to ask about hidden fees

Some companies sneak hidden fees into the fine print of their estimates. Be direct and specifically ask about any hidden charges before booking. Rather than assuming there won’t be extra costs, always err on the side of over-communication.

A pro tip for avoiding hidden fees is to hire a moving company that offers a flat rate.

Click here to read more about how flat rate and hourly movers compare and which one is better for your budget.

5. Not realizing summer is the most expensive time to move

Most people love summer for its warm weather and relatively relaxed schedules. However, for moving companies, it’s the busiest time of year. Because of the number of people moving from May through September, the prices are also at an all-time high. If you have a flexible moving schedule and want to move for a lower price, consider booking for wintertime instead.

6. Failing to inform your movers of all the details of your move

Your movers want to work quickly and efficiently to finish the job well. Help them out by informing them about your move before it begins. Most companies allow you to tell them the specifics about your move through their app or website, but if they don’t, you could always call them.

Let them know about any specialty or extra heavy items, potential problems they could face, and anything else you think would help them do their job better. That way, they’ll come prepared with the right equipment to make your move run smoothly. Help them help you!

7. Not getting liability coverage

It may feel like spending the extra cash on liability coverage isn’t worth it, but in the event of a disaster, you’ll be glad you had it. Accidents and unforeseen circumstances happen, and there’s a chance your items get lost or broken. If you invest in liability coverage, you’ll ensure you get money back for any potential damages. It’s worth the fee, and if anything happens, your future self will thank you.

Ready to get started but don’t want to do all the research yourself? Book with Gozova and we’ll curate your move, matching you with the best fit from our network of vetted moving companies.

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