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Happy National Moving Month

May 5th, 2014 4:49 pm by

Did you know that the month of May is commonly known around our office as National Moving Month? It is typically the kick off to our busiest season of relocation because individuals begin thinking about selling their home, moving their families to new neighborhoods while the kids are out of school and the weather is typically better then moving in the middle of a snowstorm blizzard.

According to ComFree, a recent survey found that just over 28% of Canadian homeowners get the urge to move every 5 years. Before considering to book that next move, we recommend exercising a little more caution when shopping around for a moving company. We’ve all heard of moving scams where customers are tricked into signing a contract and their valuable goods vanishing or being taken hostage until a bill is paid in full.

The following guidelines are our recommendations when choosing your mover for your upcoming local relocation. The best defense you can have as a valued customer is being able to detect the difference between a professional moving company and a rogue mover.

  • Professional moving companies typically offer an estimator, free of charge, to come out to your home to complete an onsite walk through to be able to provide you with a more accurate estimate of how much your move should cost. If you simply do not have the time to have someone visit your home, the moving company should offer you a detailed online inventory questionnaire such as the one we offer, Highland Moving’s Household Inventory Generator. 
  • Every moving company you call should provide you with a copy of Your Rights and Responsibilities When you Move.
  • If one moving company offers you a substantially lower rate then all their other competitors, we recommend proceeding with caution as they are probably not being up front with all the moving costs.
  • Ensure the moving companies you are checking out have direct local office addresses on their website
  • Always make sure you have a direct form of contact with your relocation coordinator whether it be via e-mail or telephone. Your relocation coordinator should be easily reached and available to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

Remember, good moving decisions start with having the right information. With the right preparation, your upcoming move should be exciting not stressful.

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For more information about local moving companies in your area, the staff here at Highland Moving & Storage recommend visiting sites such as the following to view recent moving reviews other customers have experienced.

Happy National Moving Month!