Moving to Hawaii - How to Choose a Hawaii Moving Company

Moving to Hawaii - How to Choose a Hawaii Moving Company

Posted 06.03.2011 in Articles by Neil-Denny

The easiest way to get your personal belongings safely across the Pacific is through an established international shipping company. We've been in the business of helping people move to Hawaii for years and understand that shipping your personal belongings takes time and money. The research you put into choosing a moving company will help make your investment worthwhile. We list the 5 ways to find out if a shipping and moving company is one you can trust to help you move safely and confidently into your new island home.

If a moving company asks for a deposit upfront, walk away. Legitimate moving companies do not make you pay upfront for their services. Unfortunately, this does occur, and after a customer pays the deposit, the company can pick up the goods and essentially hold the items hostage until you pay the full bill, which will often be higher than estimated. As a highly reputable moving company, we simply don't do that. In fact, we encourage you to contact us using our online quote form. One of our helpful representatives will get in touch with you in 30 minutes or less to give you an estimate of your shipment completely free of charge.

Request an in-house estimate of your household goods. Some moving companies will refuse you of this service, and will insist that all it takes is the dimensions of your house in cubic feet to give you an accurate estimate. An in-house estimate benefits both you and the moving company. You not only receive a more accurate price quote, but also get to evaluate the company's level of customer service before signing any agreement. This also gives the moving company a chance to see what they will be working with. They can find out about any special concerns you may have and can plan ahead accordingly. For these reasons, we gladly offer and encourage in-house estimates of your shipment.

Know the difference between a Moving Company and a Moving Broker. A Moving Company handles the packing and delivery of your household goods. A Moving Broker will serve as the middleman to the mover who will do the job for the cheapest price, regardless of the mover's credibility. By doing business directly with the professional Moving Company, you have better assurance your personal belongings will be handled with the utmost care and attention.

Gather all the contact information from the moving company. This includes local or toll-free telephone number, email, website, physical address, and the full company name along with any “Doing Business As” names. This information will allow you to conduct more in-depth research regarding the company's history and credentials. By getting their physical address, you can rest assured the moving company is an actual working business, and not just some guy on a cell phone.

Get everything in writing. When you receive a quote, read everything including the fine print. In addition to the Door-to-Door quote, the agreement should also include Destination Port Fees and Terminal Handling Charges. We encourage you to ask any questions regarding our written estimate and want to make sure that everything is crystal clear before we help you make the big move to Hawaii.

By taking these steps, you can weed out all the scams and find a professional moving company worth doing business with. Professionalism with a personal touch is how we do business, starting with our free online quote request. Choosing the right moving company will help alleviate a great deal of the stress that comes with moving overseas. The rest is easy.

 

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