The process of finding good Piano movers Seattle can be daunting, but with some preparation, a keen following of steps and a little research, a stress free relocation is possible.
The first step should be to get recommendations from friends, coworkers, and/or local real estate agents – anyone who has used the services of piano moving companies before. Another good source of such information is the phone book for piano moving companies. You should not rely on estimate from someone who has not used the service and although cheap is expensive, it is important to note that expensive does not always mean better.
Do an initial screening, which means doing a quick background check on the movers who have been recommended. The best place to do this is over the company’s website where you can view customer testimonials and check on comments, but you can also call or visit the websites of relevant government and other agencies such as the Better Business Bureau or the American Moving and Storage Association.
After doing this, make a list of the best three or four piano moving companies and contact them. Judge them according to such things as their charges, if they provide insurance, if they move out of the state, etc. Since moving out of Washington into another state can be rather expensive, it is advisable to ask for a written binding estimate or a binding not-to-exceed estimate, both of which put a guaranteed cap on the amount of money you pay in the piano moving process.
When the estimator comes into the house, show him/her the piano and make sure you explain the condition, cost, make and other relevant facts. Take the time to get more information about the company and confirm that the company will not be contracting the job to other companies.
This should be done for all the short listed piano moving companies and after compiling all reports, do a review of the estimates. The estimate you settle for can be used as a combined document that can serve as a bill of lading and the order for service once it has been signed.
After doing the reviews, go back online and find out if they are incorporated in Washington, confirm how long they have been in the business along with other relevant information – all this information can be obtained from the secretary of state’s office. Go to the Web site of the FMCSA or the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, enter the company’s USDOT number that you will have gotten from the secretary of state’s office or elsewhere and do a search. From here, you can get all the necessary information that will help you choose the piano moving companies.
Call Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Safety Violation and Consumer Complaints number and ask about complaints against the piano moving companies. The last step is to choose the company that comes on top after this process. Contact the company you choose and confirm to them about your choice and such things as dates and moving details.