Los Angeles is a huge city—when you finally decide to pick up and move to another location, a trip to the other side of LA can feel like a long-distance move. There are many considerations that need to be made before attempting a move, but particularly in condensed, heavily populated areas like Los Angeles. Furthermore, there’s never one, streamlined way to move your own belongings—it requires manpower that can only be found in our groups of friends who volunteer their help, but some of us just simply aren’t fortunate enough to have a gaggle of buddies who will drop everything to help us move during a weekday. If you live in Los Angeles and are planning a move, whether from a home or office, your best bet is usually to hire a professional moving company. Unfortunately, because Los Angeles is such a busy, highly populated city, it can be further difficult to nail down a single moving company that has a great reputation combined with the proper licensing and insurance coverage; when it comes to our cherished belongings, nothing but the best will do. Here are a few tips on how to select the best movers in Los Angeles:
Consider industrial reputation
A company’s “reputability” can mean many different things, and it’s important to consider all of them if you want to be able to fully trust the moving company you choose. You can begin by narrowing down companies based on their licensure, the insurance coverage they offer to clients, and the number of years they have been in business or total experience in the moving business. The company should be licensed and registered with the United States Department of Transportation. This licensure varies based on different states requirements, so it is important to look up long-distance movers licensure in other states as well as your own. The insurance coverage they offer should be comprehensive and inclusive—you can usually negotiate additional coverage with floater insurance, so be sure to look into what that specific company offers its clients. Lastly, the number of years a company has been in business can help indicate their level of expertise and experience in the moving business—obviously the more years the better.
Evaluate the rates
The moving company of your choice should have affordable rates, but beware of discount moving companies; lower rates don’t always mean you’re getting a better deal, but merely sacrificing quality for cost. You should be sure to ask the prospective company how they charge for their moving costs—you may be able to lower your costs significantly if a company charges by total weight of items; purging belongings is one way to lower costs as well as the overall hassle of a move. You can also ask the company if they offer lowered fees and rates for certain days of the week, month, or year—sometimes companies charge less for weekday moves rather than weekends, middle of the month versus the beginning or end, and months that avoid holiday vacations times. Companies that are a little more flexible on cost is a good sign—they can work with your individual needs better.
Check customer service standard
Lastly, customer service is a critical element in choosing a moving company, let alone any service out there. Be sure to clarify whether or not the company will pre-measure doorways, hallways, window openings, or stairwells in the old and new location and find the best course of action ahead of time in order to save you money in hourly labor costs. Furthermore, you should pay close attention to the company’s online reviews; what others have to say about their moving experience with the company should not go overlooked. Take online reviews with a grain of salt, however—an angry customer review can tell you just as much as a glowing customer review, so find a middle ground that you feel comfortable with.
Benefits of hiring 'We Are Movers'
Finding a moving company can be one of the most stressful portions of a moving process if you don’t know what you’re looking for. If you live in Los Angeles or any of the surrounding areas, We Are Movers can help you locate a local or long-distance moving company that best suits you without the hassle of verifying licensure, insurance coverage, and looking up reviews in separate stages. Our database includes comprehensive lists of movers in your area for you, giving you a little extra time to pack. Contact us today for help getting your move off the ground successfully.