If you are moving soon, you are probably looking into various options to facilitate your move. You may think about moving all of your items yourself with the help from your friends. Another option would be to pay for an all-inclusive move that is going to be conducted by a moving company. However, sometimes you are going to come by another term that can be easily confused: moving brokers. Who are they and what do they do? We are going to try and explain to you what moving brokers do and how you can use them. Also, we are going to show you how moving brokers can use you, too. Hopefully, by the time you have read this article, you will be able to answer the question that brought you here initially: do you need a moving broker?
What is a Moving Company?
A moving company is a firm that performs moves for their clients. There are many different moving packages and services that moving companies offer:
- Transport of items
- Packing services
- Cleaning services
- Decluttering, etc.
Moving companies are the true heroes that save the day once the moving time comes. Obviously, there are various moving companies operating in the global market.
Some companies specialize in local moving. These companies tend to be rather small with limited workforce. Given their capabilities, they take on only small local moves, mostly residential ones.
On the other hand, there are large moving companies that have their own pickup trucks, lorries and large trucks – the long vehicles. These companies have different teams that specialize in various types of moving: local, long distance, cross country. They also operate on a national and international level. Therefore, if you are in a situation that may result in a move, you should make sure to find a reliable moving company to assist you.
The prices of moving companies vary as well. They depend on the seasonality, the number of items that you need to move and the distance that your items need to cross. Even though the prices can vary, you should be able to come up with a median price for the size of your move. If you realize that you are being offered a too low or too steep price, something may be wrong. Therefore, open your eyes wide and tread lightly when choosing a moving company for you. In the end, it is important to make sure you find cheap moving experts that are going to deliver. You should stay away from the too cheap or the too steep.
Moving broker VS moving company
Now that we have explained what in essence a moving company is, it will be easier to explain what moving brokers do
Moving brokers are companies that are not movers and are usually not allowed to perform any type of move. They earn their money by collecting and pricing moving deals with residents rather than with companies. Companies have budget planning that allows them to splash out on a move. Unlike them, ordinary people more often than not look for a cheap move. Quality is important to them, but price plays the main role. This is especially true when moving internationally. International moving is far more expensive, so people look to cut down on the moving costs.
So, in order to make money, moving brokers’ job is to sign a contract with a client for a certain price. Then, they resell that contract to some of the moving companies that they work with. Therefore, moving brokers basically don’t have much to do with your move. They are the middlemen who make the profit by quoting you one price and then reselling the contract signed with you to a moving company for a lower fee. The difference between your quoted price and the price tag that they put on a contract when reselling it to a moving company is their profit.
Issues with hiring moving brokers
Should you decide to hire a moving company that is reliable, licensed and insured, you will probably have no issues when moving. Just like answering the question of can you trust a real estate agent, you need to know if you can trust brokers. For your information, if you decide to hire a moving broker, the situation is far from ideal.
First of all, the moving quote that a company will give you, upon a free estimate, is the price that you will pay in the end. Moving brokers will give you a quote, but then try to resell your contract to a mover that asks for the least amount of money. Due to this practice, more than a couple of issues may arise:
- The moving company sent to you may receive the incorrect information on the characteristics of your move. This may lead to them showing up with a too small a truck, too small a crew of people or simply might quote you additional costs.
- The moving company may not show up at all in the case that the moving broker is unable to hire a moving company for your move. The broker, for example, might try to pay too little for the service. In the end, you may end up stranded without a mover.
- Un unreliable mover may buy the rights to your move. This can lead to you receiving very poor service.
Value for money
A moving broker’s job is to sign you to a contract and then resell that contract to a moving company, a reliable or unreliable one – it is up to them. Given the fact that a portion of your money is going to remain in the moving broker’s hands and a portion is going to go to the moving company, don’t you think that you could get a better deal when dealing with the moving company yourself? Plus, you would be dealing with the moving company of your choice. This is very similar to hiring buyer agent’s services when buying a house. It is cheaper to do it without the middleman.
Do you need a moving broker?
We believe that we have given you enough information on the differences between moving companies and moving brokers. Now, the time has come to make your decision who to hire. Do you really need a moving broker?
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