Posted by Timothy Harvard , on Jul, 2015
When you are moving locally, there is always the tendency to spend less time in finding a highly professional, recognized and recommended mover. In fact, many people moving locally choose movers in Chattanooga for the wrong reasons, resulting in significant issues on the day of the move and during the delivery.
To avoid these common mistakes, many which may not seem like mistakes initially, it is important to know what the industry standard is and why that is important. When movers in Chattanooga don’t know or don’t follow industry standards they are showing their lack of professionalism and their lack of concern for the safety and care of the items you trust them to move.
Unusually Low Estimates
Reputable movers in Chattanooga will provide you with estimates that are relatively close to the total amount. These are based on a binding estimate or a binding not-to-exceed estimate using weight. An in-home estimator will come to your home or residence and actually see what you are moving, allowing an accurate picture of the weight on the truck and the cost of the local move.
When movers in Chattanooga come in with an unusually low estimate carefully read and understand the estimate, which will typically be provided by phone. In some cases, it will be in a measurement of cubic feet or space on the truck, which is rarely accurate. If the quote is by weight, check to make sure it a binding or binding not-to-exceed estimate. In most cases, it is a non-binding estimate and will be intentionally low, which will result in a big increase in the bill when the driver arrives.
Rental Trucks and Temporary Movers
You should never see rental trucks pulling up in the driveway when you hire professional movers in Chattanooga. It is very reasonable to ask any company when you are meeting with them for the estimate or even when talking to them over the phone to ask about the company fleet and if they have their own trucks.
When movers in Chattanooga don’t have their own trucks it is typically either a startup company or an unlicensed and uninsured mover. These individuals are sometimes called “rogue” movers and they often are impossible to contact or locate if are any damages or claims for the move.
Top movers in Chattanooga will hire only professional movers who are actual employees of the company. They will have the skill, experience and ability to pack correctly your items and deliver them safely to your new location.