If you live in the Vancouver area and are planning to move to another city or province, there are important factors to consider when choosing a mover.

The realty is the Canadian marketplace is saturated with rogue movers, especially in major centres like Vancouver. Rogue movers will give you a low ball price on your long distance move to get your business. They will either hold you hostage for more money or will take your money and run.

The media is filled with stories of people who thought they were hiring a reputable mover. The chances are that if you search online, 50% of the Vancouver movers listed will be rogues. They have slick web sites and will always ask for a deposit then will ask for more in a week or so. They never do an in- home survey for long distance moves like reputable movers do.

So how can you make sure you hire an honest, reputable moving company? Here is a list of things you can do to protect your family:

  1. Check their rating with the Better business Bureau. If they had complaints have, they been resolved?
  2. Contact the Canadian Association of Movers (CAM) by phone, toll free 1-866-860-0065 or go online to make sure your mover is a member. CAM has vetted movers for over 30 years.To belong to this association, you must be a credible, professional mover and abide by a code of conduct. 
  3. Check their Google rating
  4. Take the time to drive by their facility. Many rogues have bogus addresses listed or will show no address at all. If it is a commercial office building, go inside to see if their name is listed in the directory. A professional mover will have logoed trucks in the yard, a sign on the outside of the building with their name on it and a warehouse.

You are entrusting everything you own to a mover; take the time to ensure the mover you hire is a professional one like Premiere Van Lines. With 11 branches across Canada, the Premiere group are proud to be agents for Atlas Van Lines and members of the Canadian Association of Movers.

To arrange for a free, in-home survey, contact Premiere Van Lines at 1-877-671-6683.