Hiring professional movers can come with a lot of anxiety. After you do your research and figure out one that best fits your needs and budget, there still can be some doubt as to whether you made the right choice or not. Although there are many reputable moving companies out there, the fact is, there are tons of moving companies that are not great at their jobs as well. If you find yourself in a position where you’re stuck in a contract with bad movers, there are certain things you should do. Follow these proven tips to help you survive the move.
1. – Be Direct
Once you realize that your movers aren’t well trained and lack the skills needed to properly conduct your move, it’s time to level set your expectations. The only way you can accomplish this is by being direct. Don’t just sit there and hope that they suddenly learn how to lift your delicate items the right way. Tell them exactly what’s in each box and make your expectations clear. It is important that you verbalize your fears and what you won’t except so that they actually give more of an effort.
2. – Micromanage
While micromanaging isn’t usually advised in the moving industry, there are certain exceptions to the rule. If you find that you are working with movers who are not serious about the job at hand, then you might need to stand around the entire time to put pressure on them. Call out of work if you have to because your household goods and some of your most beloved belongings are at stake. It’s a shame when you have to micromanage a team to get results but sometimes it’s necessary.
3. – Get Your Hands Dirty
No, we are not suggesting that you should physically assault the movers that you hire. Instead, keep it professional and offer to help. Once you notice that the team you hire is moving too slowly, dive in and do some of the packing and heavy lifting on your own. This may guilt the movers into actually working harder and doing a better job. Even if it doesn’t, at least you’ll be doing your part to expedite the move. We know that it’s frustrating thinking about working and paying the movers for a job. However, at the end of the day, you just need positive results with no damages to your belongings.
4. – Threaten Legal Action
Unfortunately, some moving companies only adjust their behavior and do better when they receive a call from your lawyer. While this should be the last resort, we think that you should always be willing to go this far if a company is taking advantage of you and not living up to their end of a bargain. Remember, you have a written moving contract for a reason and your rights and responsibilities matter.
As you embark on your move, it’s always best to take preventative measures and avoid hiring a subpar moving company in the first place. However, if it’s too late, we hope that these tips can help.