If you are planning an upcoming move in the Bay Area, you will want to make sure you’re working with a professional moving company. While there are endless movers and packers offering their services in San Francisco, the vast majority of them are just regular guys looking to make some money on the side. This may be a risk you’re willing to take if you’re just moving across the street, but it is definitely not something you want to gamble with when moving across town, across the state, or across the country.

Since most people don’t move very often, it can be difficult to be able to tell the difference between true moving professional companies, and those who are just pretenders. Whenever you are hiring movers in the Bay Area, make sure they meet all the following qualifications before you sign any type of contract or let them into your home or business to start the move.

Detailed Terms of Agreement

One of the most important things you want to look for when choosing a moving company, and something that far too many companies don’t even offer, is a detailed Terms of Agreement document or an Order Confirmation Form/File. This document will include all the information about your move, including the responsibilities that your movers will have. This is an important document because it can help to avoid many different miscommunications or misunderstandings that can occur. In the agreement you should find things such as:

TODO LIST TERMS OF AGREEMENT

While planning for your move, you may need to make some changes to what you need the movers to do. Anytime there is a change in plans, make sure you get an updated terms of agreement document. This can often be updated and emailed to you quickly to avoid any issues.

Quality Equipment

One of the biggest reasons why people hire professional movers is to help ensure their belongings are properly cared for throughout the move. The last thing you want is for your movers to show up in an old run-down truck to try to move all your things. A professional moving company will have reliable moving trucks, thick moving blankets to protect your things, dollies, straps, and a variety of other essential items to help complete the job properly. If your movers are also going to be providing packing services, they should bring boxes, packing tape, and other items needed to ensure your belongings are protected throughout the moving process.

Options for Moving Insurance

Great movers will do everything they can to ensure your relocation is completed without any issues whatsoever, and in the vast majority of cases they are quite successful. The fact is, however, that moving is a big undertaking and there are many variables that are simply outside of the control of even the best team of movers. In order to protect yourself and your belongings from unpredictable events, it is a good idea to have moving insurance in place.

 

Many people don’t realize that in the United States, a moving company can’t directly sell moving insurance. Instead, they can only offer a few moving coverage options. What is the difference between moving insurance and moving coverage? Read here. The bottom line is that without an additional moving coverage or a third-party insurance policy, your belongings will be covered at the rate of $.60 per pound per article, which is what is required by the State of California. Got2Move does offer Full Value Protection coverage in-house.

Excellent Communication

Moving is an extremely stressful event in your life, and one that you want to do everything possible to ensure everything goes smoothly. An experienced moving company knows that they need to go the extra mile to help their clients remain calm and confident that everything is being handled properly. This requires open and easy communication throughout the process. In the weeks leading up to your move, you will likely have several questions, special instructions, and other things that you need to discuss with your movers.

You should never have a problem getting them to answer your call when you reach out to them. If you do have to leave a voice mail, you should get a call back within a reasonable amount of time. In addition, you should never feel like your calls are a burden. Ensuring you are happy with the move is the #1 goal of any professional moving company, and that means providing exceptional communication.

Licensed Movers

When you hire a professional moving company in the Bay Area, you are trusting them with all your belongings. With this in mind, you need to make sure that they have been checked out and are actually licensed as movers in the state of California. Fortunately, this is an extremely easy process.

Licence for Moving
You can CLICK HERE to visit the California Public Utilities Commission website where you will find a transportation carriers lookup tool. You simply enter the company’s carrier ID (which they can provide) or their business name and click submit. If they are licensed to operate in the state of California, their information will quickly populate so you know they can be trusted.

Easy Payment Options

Another major red flag when it comes to moving companies is when they accept cash only for their services. While accepting cash is important, it should just be one of several different payment methods that you can choose from. Many amateur movers are just doing this to make some money on the side, and they don’t want to have to worry about taxes or other things. With this in mind, they will only accept cash for their moving services. When you work with Got2Move, however, you can pay with any major credit or debit card or cryptocurrency, so you don’t have to worry about a thing. With just a 3.5% processing fee, this payment method is easy and affordable.

 

We are Here to Help

The team here at Got2Move has years of experience providing customers in the Bay Area with the best moving services possible, and we are ready to put that experience to work for you. Take some time to look around at the different moving companies in the area, make sure they meet the above listed points, and get a quote. We’re quite confident that we will not only give you a fair price, but also the best services you’ll receive anywhere in California. So, whether you’re just moving locally, or you’re relocating across the country, we are here for you!