May is National Moving Month. Here are some tips from three local movers on choosing the right company:
-“The best way to pick a moving company is a personal recommendation from someone who has used the company before," says Tony Perretta of Gigi Moving and Trucking in Island Park. "And it should be the only way. Don’t go for the big bargain. You’ll get what you paid for. It’s important to remember that if they’re not licensed movers they’re usually not insured either.”
-Bob Gudat, owner of Atlantic Moving and Storage in Holbrook, says he thinks people should do research on the moving company before hiring: “You’re giving them your life in the form of your possessions. Do you homework first. And make sure the company you use is licensed and insured."
-Consumers should get at least three quotes from reputable moving companies and compare them line by line, says Steven Bogdanos, owner of All the Right Moves in New Hyde Park. “Make sure they are part of a trade organization like American Moving & Storage Association, the Long Island Moving & Storage Association, or the Better Business Bureau," he says. If your household is bigger than a one-bedroom apartment, ask for an onsite estimate. It is generally illegal in New York State to refuse a request for an onsite estimate.