Things To Avoid When Hiring A Mover

by | Apr 4, 2014 | Transportation and Logistics

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If you need to move and after looking at the alternatives you have decided not to make the move yourself, then you will be looking to hire good Ottawa movers. Of course the yellow pages are always a good source for names, getting the right one can be quite a daunting task. Many people will tell you what to do when making a move, this article is dedicated to telling you what to avoid when hiring a moving company.


Regardless of whether you are moving across the street or across the country, never consider the first quotation you receive. You should have a minimum of three Ottawa movers on your list; five is actually better so that accurate comparisons can be made. Gather estimates, compare them, ask for references and contact people who have used the company in the past.

Home visit:

Do not simply accept stock quotations over the phone, insist that the moving company visit your home and see firsthand what has to be moved. Moving companies have a simplified formula that is based on years of experience; so much money per room, etc. This may be great if you fit the norm but what happens if you have a grand piano and a pool table that is part of the furnishings, this can pose a problem on moving day if it is not known up front.

You can help the Ottawa movers if you provide them with an inventory of your possessions when they arrive, all the companies you invite will be working from the same base.

Least expensive:

Choosing the cheapest mover is often the wrong thing to do, before you select the company that you want to entrust your possessions with you need to research their background.

There will always be a low bidder when you have invited three or four companies to offer their quote, this price is not indicative of their quality. Unfortunately there are rogue movers which draw in customers with low prices and low prices always result in poor service.


Do not hesitate to ask questions, a mover that is completely above board will be happy to answer any question you have.

Extra costs:

Make sure your offers are all apples and not apples vs. oranges. There are costs that may not appear in the estimate but they will crop up on moving day, perhaps you live in a second story apartment; does the cost cover this type of move? What if the truck has to park down the street; does the quote cover the extra haulage?

If you ask the right questions and consider your professional movers in Ottawa to be an important part of the team, odds are you will have a move that goes smooth and there will be no ugly surprises.