Being in the storage business, we feel that we are natural born guardians. Protecting people’s valuables is what we do. People’s valuables are an extension of the person. Therefore, we protect people. One of the easiest ways to sink a successful storage mission is to choose the wrong mover. Below are a few simple steps to prevent this misfortune from happening.
Research, Research, Research
One of the advantages of the information age is the vast wealth of research material available online. Most moving companies will have a website, a Facebook, or a yelp page available online. These are valuable tools. Customers will often leave reviews on these pages. Avoid any company with a large amount of negative reviews online. One or two is acceptable, because it might be left by a competitor or an anomaly. However, if you notice a pattern of bad reviews then avoid that company like the plague.
Any registered moving company operating with a license will have insurance options available. If you are moving across state lines, then that company is obligated by state law to offer you insurance. There are two types of insurance: Full Value Protection and Released Value. The latter requires no additional payment, and it will pay out sixty cents per pound of any item that disappears or is damaged. Full Value Protection cost extra, but it stipulates that the mover will be responsible for the full value of any item that is lost or damaged during the move. At Allstate Self storage we see choosing the correct insurance option as an executive decision, requiring value judgement. Are you moving a priceless bureau, with intricate patterns chiseled in the Rhine Land of France? Or are you moving an entertainment unit purchased from IKEA? Take things such as this into account when making your final decision.