Your Online Guide to Finding Reliable Moving Companies
When planning a move, there is nothing more valuable and helpful than the assistance of experienced and reliable moving companies. Whether you’re moving to a new house, relocating a business, or emigrating to another country, a reliable moving partner will make the process so much easier, faster, and less stressful.
This is important because it is often said that moving is one of the most stressful projects you can take on. Those of us who have had to coordinate moves while juggling daily life and responsibilities can certainly attest to this. It really doesn’t matter whether it’s across town or across the country, the disruption is real and it’s stressful. This is often compounded by the fact that we tend to underestimate the process and tell ourselves that it’s simple enough, we should be able to do it on our own. After all, it’s just a few boxes, right? Wrong. There is so much more to planning and executing a successful relocation. It’s an intricate process that requires skill and expertise, just like any other major project.
So, where do you start?
Make a List of Potential Moving Companies
Given that you know where you’re moving to and when, one of the first tasks should be to start looking at reliable moving companies and find the right one for you to partner with.
Finding moving companies is not difficult – a quick online search should reveal many potential options. However, finding the right one might prove a little trickier. After all, you need to find a company that you’ll trust with all of your possessions.
Start as Early as Possible
Aside from finding the right moving partner, you must also book their services for the date you need them. Moving companies, especially the reliable ones, tend to get booked up well in advance, so the best advice is to start as early as possible, even if some details still need to be confirmed. A good moving company will help guide you through this process and ask all the necessary questions, so don’t stress too much if all your ducks aren’t in a row yet.
Look for a Reputable Moving Company
Sure, nobody is going to willingly engage a company with a lousy reputation. However, there are many inexperienced service providers out there that have access to a truck and that markets themselves as movers. The truth is that moving requires much more skill than being able to drive a truck.
If you want to get value for your money and ensure an effortless relocation process, make sure that you engage the services of a company with a history in executing successful moves. See how long they have been in the industry, whether they are affiliated with any bodies that guarantee service delivery standards, and whether there are any reviews of their service online.
Make Sure They Provide the Services You Need
Not all moving companies – no matter how good they are – deliver the same range of services. Now that you have a shortlist of possible moving companies that you consider to be reliable, the next step is to see whether they deliver the service you need.
The main service categories, aside from specialist services, would include:
- Local relocations – This could be across town or across the country. Choose a service provider based on your needs, as these two situations could require very different solutions.
- International relocations – Moving internationally requires much less admin. Choose a service provider with a demonstrable history of executing international moves. You may also require additional people relocation services such as community integration, school searches and area tours.
- Office relocations – Moving a business is a whole different ball game – from IT system relocations to minimising business disruption, you need a moving partner that puts your business first.
- Storage removals – if you require items to be moved to storage, try finding a moving company that also offers safe and secure storage facilities to minimise the number of service providers you need to deal with.
Can You Track Your Move Online?
If you’re simply moving across town, this feature is probably not necessary. The absence of this feature is also not a dealbreaker as it does not indicate competence. However, that said, we do live in the online age and, if you’re moving internationally, the ability to keep track of the progress of your move may add a lot to your peace of mind. So, if this is the case, and you would like the transparency and ability to know exactly in what stage your move is, keep a lookout for this online feature when choosing a moving company.
Request an Online Quote
The next step in the process of selecting reliable moving companies to partner with is to request an online quote from the potential candidates. While price should not be the determining factor, it does play an important role and should fit into your budget. Your choice should be based on getting the services you need, so when requesting an online quote make sure that it’s not merely a standard, generic quote, but one based on your unique needs.
Specialists service you may need that should be taken into consideration, when requesting a quote online, may include:
- Insurance Cover
In most cases, your regular home content insurance will not cover any damage or losses incurred during relocation. Reputable moving companies should offer an insurance cover option. Make sure this is included in the quote and not a separate expense to avoid an unexpected surprise.
- Pet Relocation
Relocations can be tough on your pets. As part of your family, they need special care during this time. You could engage a different service provider, or you can find a moving company you trust that can also take care of your pet’s travel arrangements, quarantine arrangements, travel containers, kennel services and everything in between.
- Fine Art Relocation
Your art or antique collection is a unique and irreplaceable asset, which is why you need a professional, experienced mover that can provide state-of-the-art packing, transportation, shipping, and installation.
- Vehicle Relocation
Have you considered how your vehicles will get to the other side? If you own a collection of investment vehicles – or simply multiple vehicles – or if you’re moving overseas, driving your vehicles to your new destination might not be a solution. In such an instance, you would need special freighting services included in your quote.
- Storage Solutions
Relocating before you have a new home lined up? You may need a temporary place to store your household goods, or you may not need all your possessions with you all the time. Whatever the reason, see if you can combine your storage needs with your moving quote for better rates.
Get a Free Quote
Request your free online quote right away from one of the most reliable moving companies in South Africa
Elliott Mobility is one of the oldest and most reliable moving companies in South Africa. We offer a full-service relocation solution, both locally and internationally. You can request an online quote on our website or ask for someone to contact you to discuss the details around your quote if you need more clarity.
When it comes to moving your possessions, put it in the hands of someone who understands its worth as much as you do. Request your online quote today and see how we can move you.