How to hire moving company

Moving can be a scary event as human beings are naturally not well receptive to change. However, change is inevitable in life and so everyone has to learn to accept it. There are a few things to consider when making the decision on which moving company in Dubai to hire.

Specify the kind of move

First, you need to understand what kind of move you will be making. It could be corporate (for your office) or personal (for your home). The move can also be international or within the country’s borders. International move will require more planning and will cost more since the distance is usually long. Cost is the next item that needs consideration as you need to be able to afford the move. Some moving companies may have a policy where they require a specific down payment before they can provide their services. A person looking to move should contact a sufficient number of moving companies and speak to them about getting reasonable cost estimates. These estimates will enable one to properly plan and makes for the prudent habit that is sound financial management.

Ask for recommendations and warnings

It pays to do a little homework on your own as every moving company will claim to offer the best service. One should take  time to ask around because it is the actual customers who have had an experience with these companies who are likely to give a fair and honest review. It is best practice to avoid brokers as they rarely deliver the deals they claim to give. Brokers are ideally middlemen who claim to do all the background work for you, so that you end up contracting them to move your property. They in turn contact an actual moving company for a lesser fee. It is advisable to stay away from such as they are known to flout consumer protection laws and mistreat their customers.

Only pay for what is necessary

Take the necessary measures to ensure that you only pay for what you need. Some items may need to be packed in before they can be moved. A wise measure would be to pack the fragile items yourself. You are the property owner and have the best knowledge about all your belongings and are thus wary of those items that are likely to break with the slightest mishandling. Apart from fragility, packing your own items will save you considerable costs. Packing material is quite affordable and it makes more economic sense to do the packing yourself rather than pay the moving company to do it for you.

Discuss Liability

Finally, moving companies are generally required to assume liability of the items in their care during transport and storage in some cases. However, there are two levels of liability: replacement value and alternative level liability. With replacement value liability, the moving company is obligated to either replace or repair an item that gets damaged during the move. Alternative level liability is a more economic option that is within reach for most people who are moving. It however, lays very little liability to the moving company. If an item is damaged during the move, the moving company will only be liable for a very small fraction of the cost of that item, as outlined in the moving agreement.