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There are many industries where myths crop up over time for a variety of reasons, and understanding the truth is important. This is not just so people have correct information, but also because of how having that information impacts them — and a great example here is the realm of professional movers.
At CMS Relocation & Logistics, we happily provide a whole host of moving services, from local and long-distance moves to storage, distribution and logistics, and much more. Sadly, there are a few common myths about professional movers that aren’t just incorrect, but also potentially harmful when read by people who will get a mistaken impression about this important area of service and what they can get from it. Here are a few of the most frequently-abused such myths, plus the proper information on each so you can move forward confidently with any moving services need you may have.
While it’s technically true that all moving companies have similar goals — to transport your belongings from Point A to Point B as safely and efficiently as possible — the ways in which they go about achieving these goals can vary greatly. The size of the company, their areas of expertise, what kind of services they offer, the pricing and value they offer, and licenses they carry \ can all differ significantly between two moving companies.
As such, it’s important that you do your research on the specific company you’re considering hiring, rather than making assumptions based on your experiences with other companies or what you’ve heard from others. Read reviews, check out their website and social media pages, and if possible, reach out to them directly to ask any questions you may have. Do your research to confirm they are a reputable mover.
To be clear, there absolutely may be certain situations where handling your own moving needs is the most cost- and time-effective move. If you’re moving a very small number of belongings a very short distance, for example, this could be the case.
However, in most situations it’s going to be considerably cheaper to hire professional movers than to try and do everything yourself. This is especially true when moving long distances or if you have a lot of belongings, as in these cases you’ll likely need to rent a truck and possibly additional equipment as well — and if you’re not experienced in moving furniture and other large items, you could end up damaging your belongings or even injuring yourself in the process.
This one is understandable, as it can be nerve-wracking to hand over your most prized possessions to strangers and hope they’ll treat them well. However, the vast majority of professional moving companies take great care to ensure that your belongings are moved safely and securely, and in the rare event that something is damaged during the move, most companies — including CMS Relocation & Logistics — will offer protection plans called – Valuation to cover any damage or loss while the goods are in the care and custody of the mover.
This area gets back to Myth #1 and the importance of hiring reputable, experienced professionals rather than going with the first, or cheapest company you come across. A good moving company will have no problem providing references or reviews upon request, so be sure to ask around before making your decision.
Not at all! When you hire professional movers, you should expect that everything you hand over to them will arrive at your destination in the same condition it was in when they picked it up.
Of course, accidents can happen and even the most experienced professionals can make mistakes from time to time. However, a good moving company will take every precaution possible to avoid such issues, from protective equipment like shrink-wrap and furniture pads to GPS tracking systems that allow you to know the location of your belongings at all times.
Another myth that’s understandable, but also untrue. Many people believe that because weekends are when most people have time off from work, they’re also the best times to schedule a move. However, this is often not the case.
For one thing, weekends are generally the busiest times for moving companies, which means you may have difficulty scheduling your preferred date and time or even finding a company that has availability at all. Additionally, because of the high demand, you may end up paying more for your move if you schedule it for a weekend.
It’s often better to schedule your move for mid-week instead, as you’re more likely to have your pick of dates and times and may be able to snag a discount in the process.
Look, no one wants to pay an arm and a leg for their move — but at the same time, you shouldn’t just go with the cheapest company you can find, either. In many cases, going with a very cheap moving company simply isn’t worth the risk, as these companies are often unlicensed, inexperienced, and uninsured.
A much better bet is to look for a company that offers fair, competitive prices and is transparent about their costs up front. Be sure to get quotes from multiple companies before making your decision, and don’t forget to read the fine print to understand all that is included.
As you can see, there are a number of myths out there regarding professional moving companies. But the bottom line is that when you do your research and hire a reputable, experienced company, you can rest assured knowing that your move will go smoothly — myth-busting included.
CMS Relocation & Logistics is a full-service moving company that has been serving clients throughout Seattle and nearby areas for decades. Contact us today for more information about any part of our services or programs and find out how we can get started with your customized moving plan!
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