When planning a move, it's always a good idea to look into more than one moving company. Different companies have different fee schedules and offer different services, and the one that's best for a friend may not be the one that's best for you. However, it's all too easy to find yourself torn between two companies that both seem to have good reviews and policies. If that should happen, here are some factors you can consider to help make the best choice.
How many employees will they send?
Ask each moving company how many workers they would send out to do a job like yours. Some companies tend to operate with smaller teams, while others bring larger crews. If you know you'll be in a hurry on moving day, opt for the company with the larger crew, since they'll be able to complete the job more quickly. If you don't have pressing time concerns, the company with the smaller team may actually be the better choice since you'll have fewer people tromping through your home and contributing to the rushed, chaotic atmosphere.
Do they charge extra if the job takes longer than planned?
Some companies will give you a quote based on how long they think your moving job will take -- and then warn you that if the job takes longer than this, you'll owe a certain amount more per hour. Other companies will give you a binding quote that will cover your whole move, whether it ends up taking two hours or twelve. The latter is usually a safer bet if you want to be certain to stick to your moving budget. Look back over the quotes both companies gave you more carefully to see if one is, indeed, a better deal after all.
What does their insurance policy cover?
Any moving company worth their salt will offer insurance that guarantees you'll be reimbursed if your items are lost or damaged in the move. But different companies have different limits to their coverage. For instance, one company may cover damage up to $50,000 while another may only offer $20,000 of coverage. Look over the policies offered by both companies. If the companies are equal in all other ways, choosing the one with a better insurance policy is a smart move -- especially if you have a lot of valuable items.
Choosing between two great moving services can be difficult, but with the guidelines above, you'll be prepared to make the wisest choice.