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Things not to do when hiring movers


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Choosing a moving company for your upcoming relocation can be a very challenging and time-intensive process. However, with all the other necessities that the relocation puts in front of you, it is entirely possible that you may make a mistake or two when hiring your movers. But there are some mistakes that you simply can’t afford to make. That is why Michael Brooks Moving has prepared a list of some of the more influential things not to do when hiring movers. By knowing what not to do, you will be able to avoid the most damaging unpleasant situations. With that in mind, let’s see what are the:

6 Most important things not to do when hiring movers

The list below summarizes everything that you will want to avoid when searching for a quality moving company. Here are the most important things that many people stumble on:

  • Not comparing multiple companies
  • Doing too little research
  • Hiring based on a free quote alone
  • Asking too few questions
  • Decide based on prices alone
  • Signing a blank contract
one of the things not to do when hiring movers - signing a blank contract
You never want to sign a blank piece of paper.

When you have these things laid out in front of you, each one seems absolutely logical. Why is it then that people make mistakes in the first place? Well, the fact of the matter is that dealing with numerous moving companies Merrimack NH has to offer, for example, can be very exhausting. You might find yourself in a situation where you just want to be over with it and continue planning your relocation. But if you know what issues you might face, you will most likely be reluctant to do skip any step. Let’s see why exactly these things are so important.

Not comparing movers

One of the most common things not to do when hiring movers is not getting in touch with multiple moving companies. Whether you are in a time constraint or otherwise reluctant to talk to numerous movers, it is always a bad decision to rush. Going with the first company you find is somewhat of a crapshoot. You don’t really know what you are getting. While you can go with reputable and trustworthy local movers Southern NH has to offer, it is always better if you compare them with others. The more information you have, the better your moving experience will be.

Not doing enough research

The fact of the matter is that every single moving company is going to present themselves in the best possible light. If you only check out their own webspace and do not do any further research, you will not be able to have the “complete picture“. Some companies go as far as to make stuff up in pursuit of more clients. While there are some small moving companies NH has that are true to their word, most are going to embellish their capabilities. To make sure that you are getting reputable and trustworthy movers, you will want to make sure that you are doing enough research. Check with the Better Business Bureau, for example, as well as Yelp and other places that have a rating system. The more you know about your movers, the better.

person using a laptop
Even a rudimentary online search can tell you much.

One of the most important things not to do when hiring movers – Hiring without an in-home quote

Ok, this one is kind of critical. It is, in fact, one of the most common mistakes that you can make. If you are relocating for the first time, you may not even know that there is a difference between a free quote and a binding one. While you can get a free quote online or over the phone, the only way you can acquire a binding quote is if you schedule an in-home inspection. That way, your movers can send a representative who will inspect the premises and account for any factors that may influence the relocation.

If you don’t get a binding quote, you will most likely experience an increase in the relocation cost at some point. Most usually, movers will wait until most of the work is done to notify you about the additional costs. And that will put you in a non-enviable situation. It is much better to avoid getting there in the first place.

Not asking enough questions

Relocations are complicated endeavors, as well as complex. Even so, many people choose not to ask their movers even the simplest of questions. By not asking enough questions, you simply can’t know what your movers are all about. You don’t know whether they use subcontractors, how they form their prices, whether they offer insurance, and many other things. Therefore, it is in your best interest to ask just about any question that comes to mind. If anything is unclear, anything at all, ask your movers to clarify. It is your right to know as much as possible about the company that will be relocating your belongings.

a confused person
If you don’t ask questions, you can’t know the answers.

Deciding on your movers based on their prices alone

Most people also “tunnel vision” the choice of movers, basing their selection on the price alone. The fact of the matter is that cheaper moving companies usually have a “catch” to them. They might not be securing the belongings properly, utilizing non-trained personnel, or shorting you at some point in the relocation. There are good reasons why the prices across the industry are more or less standardized. Quality service demands a certain price point, after all.

That being said, it is entirely possible that your movers are simply offering a better deal. But the price should be just one of the factors that influence your decision. By focusing too much on cheap relocation, you might put yourself into a bad situation down the proverbial road.

Signing a blank or an incomplete contract

Lastly, and most importantly, never, EVER, sign a blank contract, or even an incomplete one. Also, if you don’t understand the contract, don’t sign it. There is not a single trustworthy moving company in the state of New Hampshire that will present you with a contract that does not have sufficient information in it. When a mover tries to have you sign a blank contract, most of the time they are trying to scam you. Therefore, as far as things not to do when hiring movers go, signing a blank piece of paper is just about the most important one.


“I have used Michael Brooks Moving Co. 3 times and was completely satisfied every time. His staff is professional and very careful with the whole moving process. I would hire them again and know it is going to be done right and worry free.”

- Paul Provencher

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