Moving house can disrupt your daily routine to a spectacular degree and become one of the most stressful things that you have to deal with while living anywhere – not just in Dubai. And with more than 400 moving companies operating in the UAE and some 200 of those in Dubai itself, you should know a thing or two about picking the right movers, which can make all the difference.
With so much choice on the market, it’ll be easy to get a quote that matches your budget, but there are a few more important things to consider:
Accreditation and certification
Generally, a good indicator to start with. If the moving company is certified by the International Association of Movers (IAM), or the Fédération Internationale des Déménageurs (FIDI), this is as good a sign as any that they are worth talking to. Awards and commendations by local specialized commercial publications should also be considered. ISO certification will give you an idea about the company’s efficiency.
Online forums and even websites and social media pages of moving companies are a great place to find accounts of people’s impressions and experiences with the company’s services. Customer reviews and ratings will always point you in the right direction and get you feeling comfortable through the stories of others who have walked in your path
Try to find out as much as you can about exactly how the company packages goods before moving and what materials they use. If they have their own proprietary packing materials that they sometimes develop in-house to safeguard your personal effects, this is one of the options that you’ll want to consider. Always better to be safe than sorry.
Your boxes/packed valuables should be loaded onto closed moving vans/trucks that will either have storage pods of some sort or a container of a certain volume. You will be able to estimate the size of the vehicle required based on the volume of your cargo.
A couple of deal-breakers
The last point on the list is where a home visit and assessment by representatives of the moving company becomes one of the most important aspects of dealing with the right service supplier. Professional movers will always send someone over to have a look at everything you intend to ship/move, in order to accurately estimate the total volume of goods and give you a precise quote. The last thing you want is unpleasant surprises when the bill comes in.
Ensuring your valuables is also absolutely essential, and moving companies should have an insurance broker that they deal with and that will be able to assess the value of your goods and provide reliable insurance, especially if you’re moving countries and not just somewhere across town.
Last but not least, don’t forget to agree on everything and sign on the dotted line before a single object is touched or packed. Having everything set in stone in writing assigns responsibility if anything happens to go wrong or doesn’t work as smoothly as it’s supposed to. The movers should hand over a final quote and offer letter that clearly highlights all of the services that they will provide, followed by a contract that you both sign to ensure that every step, from packing to moving and unloading, or from packing and moving to storage, is locked in. And always read the fine print!