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Movers: Moving Agent – What to Look For

If you are planning to move, it may be a good idea to enlist the services of a moving agent, especially if you are too busy at work. There are several reasons why people enlist the services of moving agents. A moving agent usually has years of experience in moving and this is often reinforced by theoretical knowledge. A moving agent knows most of the best moving companies and he/she is in a position to give you advice on a wide range of issues. There is a lot that goes into moving such as terminating the services of utility companies, searching for schools for the kids in the new neighborhood, connecting the utility services in the new home, moving the cars, pets and plants, etc. If you are working, it becomes very hard to follow up on all these things, but a moving agent’s sole purpose is to make sure that everything is taken care of.

Although there is great convenience with a moving agent, there are several disadvantages of enlisting their services. The greatest disadvantage is cost because if you were to plan and execute the move yourself, you will not have to pay anyone. Another disadvantage is that it is difficult to get the exact service you are looking for and you have to settle for what the moving agent gives you. This means the schools will be picked by a stranger, the utility companies will be chosen by a stranger, a stranger will do all the negotiations, etc. You have to weigh the pros against the cons carefully before deciding to do the planning and execution yourself or picking a moving agent.

If you settle for a moving agent, as most people do, it is important to look for one with good qualities. The moving agent should be a good listener and he/she should understand what you want and what your limits are. If you tell the agent you do not want a moving company that charges more that $200 per hour, he/she should understand that $200 per hour is your limit.

The moving agent should works with you and he/she should go the extra mile to please you. The agent should be objective and he/she should advice the client candidly on the available options and their pros and cons. The moving agent should be market wise, meaning he/she should know the crime rates of different parts of the country, the best moving company, etc.

So, where do you get a moving agent? There are two options and these are offline and online. Although both options have their pros and cons, getting the moving agent online has more advantages. Convenience is the greatest advantage and this is because you do not have to leave the comfort of your home or office and you can get an agent 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year round. There are cost advantages because you can ‘shop around’ from the thousands of online resources and the agents are in competition, meaning they lower their rates to attract new clients and to retain old ones. However, getting a moving agent online comes with a risk of cyber crimes such as identity theft.

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