What Precautions Should We Take When Engaging
Moving to a new place is always exciting. It can be
stressful if you are going to do it yourself, but you should
consider hiring a professional moving service, especially if
you think moving would cause you inconvenience and
discomfort. Professional movers will be able to provide the
right equipment, skills, and manpower to facilitate a
hassle-free process. Once have made your decision to get
help from a professional moving service, the next step is to
find a reliable one. Here are some precautions you should
Ask for referrals
Check with trustworthy sources. Get recommendations advice
from friends and family who have rendered services of moving
Do your research
The Internet is a great way for sourcing information. You
can go online to read up on client testimonials. Discussions
on online forums can provide you with valuable insights, and
be better aware of the options moving companies can provide,
from a paying customer’s point of view.
This takes some effort on your part, but it’ll only take a
short time, and save you lots of trouble later. Once you’ve
narrowed down on the trustworthy and established companies,
you can call the company for further clarifications on which
services suit your needs and budget best.
You should also verify that the movers you hire are
licensed. Being licensed guarantees their professionalism
and expertise at following standard procedures. You can also
be assured that they have the required knowledge to handle
your property appropriately, with proper insurance coverage
to cover potential risks. To check if the company is
licensed, you can perform an online directory search here:
http://www.acra.gov.sg/. If the company is registered, a
‘live’ status will be displayed.
While discussing with the moving company…
The first person who speaks to you, usually the sales
representative should be able to provide a concise
explanation about costs and services. An experienced moving
service would be able to ask the right questions to find out
how to best cater to your needs, and provide tips and
Be sure to ask about timeline and typically how long in
advance you should book them. Movers usually get booked on
weekends and public holidays, so you will need to be sure of
when to finalise a date that would ensure available slots.
Be clear about the hidden costs.
To avoid being over-charged, you need to be aware of the
market prices. You can do that by asking around, checking
and checking online. Talking to a few moving companies will
give you an idea too.
Some movers charge extra on public holidays, or
overweight/oversize/urgent fees, so you need to be clear on
that too. Discuss about dissembling and, if any, disposal of
old stuff, as some of these services incur additional fees.
Last of all, sign the contract only when you’re clear and
satisfied with the quote and the terms. Like they always
say, better to be safe than sorry. Shopping around for a
good mover may require some effort, but it gives you a peace
of mind, AND saves you from potential trouble. Enjoy your