By Matt Currie
Looking to keep moving headaches to a minimum? Entrust your possessions to the right people. Before committing to any moving company, ask for a business address and drive by to take a look at the operation. Then it’s time for a closer inspection.
“You definitely want to go and look at their warehouse,” says Doug Jasper, general manager of moving company AMJ Campbell’s Calgary branch. “You want to make sure it’s clean, neat, organized, it’s got 24-hour security, a gated parking area for their trailer. You want to confirm the basics – a sprinkler system is in place, alarm system is in place, they do regular inspections for mice and things like that. . . .” Ensuring that they’re affiliated with a major van line (like Atlas or Allied), and asking for references from clients, are prudent measures as well.
Whomever you end up choosing, ask for a binding quote, with a guaranteed date of delivery, upfront in writing. This will ensure that the price you agreed upon doesn’t mysteriously creep up over the course of the move. And don’t forget to ask about any hidden fees that could be tacked on for things like transporting appliances, long-haul journeys or stairs.
Finally, don’t be in a rush to hire. Interview two or three companies to make certain you’re getting the best deal. Be wary of any mover who only deals in cash and, as with any transaction, don’t be tempted by an offer that’s too good to be true.
Published in Westworld Alberta, Spring 2014
Illustration by Lucy Vigrass