Monday, August 24, 2015

7 Characteristics of Trustworthy Moving Companies


Moving is hard enough
Without having to worry about finding a moving company you can trust - and avoiding the disreputable companies that prey on unaware customers, putting them in the frustrating situation of paying exorbitant hidden charges in order to see their belongings again. That’s why it’s so important to do the research before you trust the care and handling of a lifetime of memories to just anyone. Do not be afraid to ask key questions. You’ll be glad you did later. Your thorough inquiry in the interim can save you from much frustration, heartache and expense later. Here is a list of the 7 Characteristics of Trustworthy Moving Companies:

1) They are experienced and established in their community.
Look for press and posted references and reviews from past customers. Is there positive buzz among former customers? Every company has a dissatisfied customer from time to time. It’s virtually the price of doing business. Is there evidence that they reached out and did their best to resolve the matter swiftly, respectfully and satisfactorily? Check with their local BBB.

2) They are they licensed and insured.
For state to state moves, the moving company should have a US DOT number, a unique license number issued by the United States Department of Transportation. You can search for this HERE. Within the state, a state license should be in place. Next, confirm that they are insured at the same site as before, HERE.

3) They have they won customer and/or community service awards or accolades.
This could be anything from Angie’s List to commendations from local schools. If they care about investing in their customers and their community and it shows, this is a company you can likely feel good about trusting.

4) They clearly communicate the what is covered in their rates.
There should be no mystery here. Different companies have different policies. Is it an hourly rate or a move quote? How firm is the estimated hourly or move quote? Do they add overtime charges at a certain point? What about other penalty charges? Are fuel charges included in the quote or additional?

5)  They offer special service  perks
Things like carefully wrapping your furniture to protect it from damages, complimentary moving blankets and supports, furniture tear down and set up, and any special savings opportunities like referral discounts, special savings offers or more affordable days of the week to book your move.

6)  They measure doorways, stairways, hallways and elevators in advance
Rather than the incorporating the time-honored technique of poor movers everywhere, the “hope-shove”.

7) They have questions for YOU!
An experienced mover will ask a range of questions in order to be ready with necessary preparations that ensure your moving experience is a great one, like whether or not an apartment building or condo has elevators. An eager estimate without any questions is a clear red flag. Your communications with them should clearly confirm that they are a service dedicated company.

Communication is key
In the end, clear, thorough communication from both the moving company and the party being moved is key for the most successful move possible. Moving is by nature stressful, but at The Green Truck Movers of Nashville, we take great pride in making our customers’ moves the most positive, stress-free experience possible.

Extraordinary Customer Service
We make it our mission to provide extraordinary to provide extraordinary customer service as well as moving services. Furniture breakdowns (beds, dressers, etc.), secure wrapping with furniture pads, and rearranging of rooms upon unloading is complimentary with every move! Once you have finished unpacking your belongings, just give us a call and we will schedule a time to pick up your cardboard boxes and recyclable moving materials.

We know how to make your move pain free and efficient. For more information or to schedule your move with The Green Truck Movers, click here or call (615) 241-5977.

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Monday, August 10, 2015

5 Tips to a Relaxing First Night In Your New Home

1st night new home.jpg Your first night in your new home!
It’s hard to tell whether whether you’re more physically or emotionally exhausted. One’s thing’s for sure: it’s time for a little rest and rejuvenation. Moving may be hard work, but it’s also an adventure, and one you’ll probably remember for the rest of your lives. At Green Truck Movers, we love making your move as easy as possible. Here are some of our favorite first night moving tips to ensure that with a little advance planning, your first night moving adventure will be a memory you’ll enjoy revisiting.

Did someone say delivery?
Unless cooking is your personal passion, leave the cooking to someone else! Sure, you could probably find your pots and pans eventually somewhere amidst the fray, but is it really worth the added congestion and frustration? Besides, you’re probably already hungry. Pre-move, do a quick investigation of your new neighborhood for  local eateries that deliver, and be sure to check their hours. There’s nothing worse than looking forward to a relaxing meal delivered to your door after a long hard day of work, only to discover that the last restaurant in your area has already closed down for the night.

Essentials kit
What are those items that you and your family can’t live without? It’s the everyday important things like toothbrushes, utensils and fresh clothes, but it’s also those little things that soothe weary minds, like Mr. Bunny, or your favorite cozy slippers. Making a list and checking it twice is a sure way to make your first night as comfortable as possible - not to mention circumventing  meltdowns from the littlest members of the family.

Plan for entertainment
Whether it’s movie night, charades, or your favorite board games, this is another area where a little advance planning goes a long way. You probably don’t have the cable or internet set up yet. Is there another option, like a portable hotspot, or will you need to pack dvds? Nothing like making your first night a family bonding night that everyone will enjoy.

Mini tour
You’re probably too tired to go out, but still, a nice little walk around the block to begin soaking in the new sights and sounds may be just what the doctor ordered. What are you looking forward to exploring first: that cute little coffee shop with the massive library, the historic park just down the street at the river, or maybe even getting acquainted with the uber friendly black lab belonging to the neighbor across the street who ran out to greet you? Taking a few minutes to drink in the atmosphere, get your bearings, and make mental notes can be very therapeutic.

Rest well  - you deserve it!
After all that hard work, don’t forget to exhale! Now, go get those fluffy slippers we talked about, slip into a nice bubbly bath followed by your most comfortable sweats. You’ve already got the kids engrossed in a movie and they’re about ready to crash. You did it! This calls for a toast. Planning for a celebratory treat like champagne or sparkling cider is a great way to christen your new home and congratulate yourself on a job well done. There. Now doesn’t that feel better?

At The Green Truck Movers, we know how to make your move pain free and efficient. For more information or to schedule your move with The Green Truck Movers, click here or call (615) 241-5977.

For special offers and updates from The Green Truck Movers, click the link below: