CLICKandMOVE.com gives consumers the edge in seeking comparable prices from reliable movers

Recently Mayflower Van Lines conducted a survey of 1000 recently moved families.

 Surprisingly they found that only half (49%) of the people looking to hire a moving company shopped around for a quote. Considering that even a local household move can cost as much as 5000 dollars, and that the moving industry is very competitive, it is surprising the number of people who don’t bother with even a second estimate.  Not only that, but consumers are constantly warned about scam movers who dupe the customer with a low ball quote and then boost the price at destination. You would think that more people would source at least a few moving companies.

It   seems that many consumers slough off a second estimate because they are fed up with the moving industry’s estimating process. The American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA) and most moving companies insist that they need to meet you at your home to do an inventory of the furniture to be moved. This sales visit can last anywhere from one half to one hour and usually is done during working hours. This is informative and usually results in a reliable estimate-but to do this a second, third or sixth time is unrealistic for a working family.  Statics show that half of consumers settle for the first price they receive.

There is a better way.  Rather than having 3 or 4 salesmen poking around your home to create an inventory of your household, create your own inventory of furniture and send it to a few moving companies for an email quote.  CLICKandMOVE.com makes the inventory process quick and easy and allows you to send your inventory to multiple movers, right from the site. The resulting quotes will all be based on the same list of household furniture, making them easily comparable and providing you with a written list of furniture just in case there is any “misunderstanding” of what was included in the price. This will help you avoid any price “surprises” at destination.

How do you find moving companies that you can rely on?  The first step is to ask friends and family.  Personal references are the most reliable but often limited. Web review sites offer recommendations and condemnations from other customers.  Google has a link to mover’s reviews on their search results or you can find more reviews for your city on Yelp or Angie’s List. You can also confidently select movers from the list of ProMovers on the CLICKandMOVE.com website. They are all members AMSA.

Keep in mind that not all reviews are trustworthy. Competitors can post negative reviews and owners can praise themselves. It is best to solicit bids from members of moving associations and to have a look at their BBB ratings. The BBB is the only review site that investigates every negative review to ensure credibility.  Once you find a mover that you can trust and that is within your budget, invite them over to confirm the inventory and look for any problems that may affect the price such as truck access, difficult stairways or a long carry. You will also have an opportunity make human contact with the service representative who will answer any questions you may have about the move.

Keep in mind that price is not the only factor. Pick-up and delivery dates can make or break a deal on a long distance move. And a “cheap” local mover can often cost more than a professional firm once the dust has settled. Moving is stressful enough, without the misery of late arrivals and damages. To make your move go as smoothly as possible, do some homework and get a few comparable quotes. It will save you both your money and your sanity.

See the full survey here:

http://www.mayflower.com/moving/mayflower-newsroom/press-releases/2011/avoid-mover-fraud.htm