By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
When you're deep in the weeds of moving--new home, new city, new everything--you might overlook one of the most vital selections you'll need to make--which moving company are you going to employ to physically move all your stuff? Picking a reputable moving company in Tulsa is critical to your move's success, so adhere to these suggestions for selecting the best mover for your unique situation.
Ask for Referrals
Ask your realtor which moving company they would recommend. They know who is good, and who is not great but has a flashy bright website designed to entice you in. Google movers in your area--then cross check with the BBB and other consumer agencies, like Angie's List, for ratings and complaints.
Check for Registration
When you Google movers, you should be able to find the company's DOT registration number along with their address and phone number. This means they are members of the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration, and that they are following federal safety regulation. It also means they are more likely to be upfront with you.
Get Your Estimate in Writing
Professional moving companies have account managers and customer service coordinators on staff to do precisely that—review the particulars of your move, put together written estimates, and fundamentally be the point person for you. If your move is uncomplicated and you have all the specifics on what you're moving an over-the-phone consult might work; if you have a sizable house with attics, a basement, and a garage, they should send an estimator to your residence to walk through the entire house to ensure an accurate number. Your estimate needs to be in writing--not a verbal ballpark.
On Moving Day
Uniformed movers and marked trucks--It seems a tad stupid, but be sure the moving van
truck's logo, movers shirts, and the estimate documents all are matching. Professional movers are willing to let you know who they work for; if a bunch of guys get there in unmatching t-shirts, feel free to question them. They should also have the proper equipment and supplies--dollies, gloves, hand trucks, and moving blankets.
The crew manager should walk through your residence with you to check for existing flaws in furniture. Some moving companies might even take pictures of scratches, scrapes, and dents with a smartphone and send you the pictures, so if there is transit damage it is quick to confirm.
Moving to Tulsa can be anxious, but with the right movers it can be exciting and fun, too. A-1 Freeman Moving Group has been in business long enough to make it fun, so we're your point person for any move in town, across the country or around the globe. Contact us today!