Navigating the Mississauga Real Estate Market: Choosing the Right Mover
Friday Sep 15th, 2023
Moving can be both physically and mentally taxing, making many homeowners opt for professional movers. However, choosing a reputable moving company is the key to a successful move. Here are essential tips to ensure you make an informed decision:
1. Do Your Homework
Research thoroughly by seeking recommendations from friends, family, or your realtor. Local businesses are often easier to check references for.
2. Check Complaints
Consult the Consumer Beware List for complaints and charges against the moving company. Also, look for alerts or complaints on the Better Business Bureau.
3. Get Multiple Estimates
Before committing, obtain at least three written estimates from different companies. Clarify all services they will provide, including packing and handling unforeseen circumstances.
4. Review the Contract
Ensure the contract complies with Ontario's Consumer Protection Act. It should include the mover's details, service description, pricing, payment terms, start and end dates, and responsibilities for damage or loss.
5. Know Your Rights
Familiarize yourself with your rights under the Consumer Protection Act. You can withdraw from a contract within one year if the moving company misrepresented their service.
6. Contract Rules
Different rules apply depending on how and where you negotiate and enter the contract, such as in-person, online, or over the phone. Be sure to understand these rules before accepting or cancelling a contract.
The Final Stretch
On moving day, follow these steps:
- Be prepared for the movers' arrival.
- Personally transport valuable items and personal documents.
- Supervise the loading and unloading of your belongings.
- Document any missing or damaged items before the movers leave.
Ready to Make a Move?
As a real estate sales representative serving Mississauga and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), I can recommend trusted moving companies to my clients. If you want to learn more or have any real estate-related questions, please get in touch with me, Deborah Clerk, Real Estate Sales Representative and Lifestyle55+ Affiliate at Keller Williams Real Estate Associates, Brokerage, for more.