Choosing a Mover

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How To Choose A Mover in Knoxville?

Ask these questions.

How long have they been in business?

Gouffon Moving & Storage

We were established in 1887 in Knoxville, TN. We are now in our 5th generation of Gouffon’s for 130+ years!

Other movers

Ask them how long they’ve been in business.

Licensing & Organizations?

Gouffon Moving & Storage

American Moving and Storage Association, ProMover Certification, USDOT # 553340

Other movers

Ask them and verify. How long have they been certified?

Liability Insurance?

Gouffon Moving & Storage

Workers compensation and liability insurance

Other movers

Ask them and verify

Cargo Insurance?

Gouffon Moving & Storage

We include $7.00 per lb. coverage on your shipment, $5 million umbrella

Other movers

Ask. Most movers only include .60 per lb. coverage on your items with maximum payout limits.

Deposit Required?

Gouffon Moving & Storage

We do not require deposits. We feel a written contract with our customers is more than sufficient.

Other movers

If they require a deposit, that is a red flag. Never pay a deposit.

Employee screening?

Gouffon Moving & Storage

We perform nationwide drug and criminal checks on all employees

Other movers

Ask and verify

Are employees full-time or temp?

Gouffon Moving & Storage

We never use pickup help. All employees are full time.

Other movers

Ask and verify

Firm booking dates?

Gouffon Moving & Storage

Our scheduled dates are firm and backed by our “$500 Performance Guarantee!”

Other movers

Many movers make a habit of booking moves at low rates and fail to show up on move day

Competitive Pricing?

Gouffon Moving & Storage

We offer a “Meet or Beat” price guaranty on quotations from legitimate competitors.

Other movers

Watch out for lowball “estimates” just to get your move, followed by much higher final bills

BBB and Chamber of Commerce Members?

Gouffon Moving & Storage

We are Charter Members of the BBB (since 1958, A+ Rating) and Chamber of Commerce

Other movers

Check and verify

1. Verify Track Record

Make sure to Google the name of any prospective mover for reviews. Also, check with the Better Business Bureau for info on any moving company you are considering. We are proud to say Gouffon Moving and Storage Co. maintains an A+ Rating with the BBB. We were also awarded the “Complaint Free Status” Award for 2009-2014. Our Executive Vice President, Chris Kirkland, currently represents our company as a member of the Greater Knoxville BBB Board of Directors.

2. Verify Insurance

Gouffon Moving and Storage Co. always includes $7.00 / lb. insurance in our quotations. Make sure your mover of choice, in writing, is very clear about what level of insurance is included in their quotation. Request a certificate of insurance to verify the mover actually has a policy in place to cover their stated insurance limits. Then, make sure the provided insurance is satisfactory for your needs and exposures.

3. Verify “Performance Guarantee”

Make sure your mover of choice has a significant penalty and much motivation to perform your move as agreed upon. Get this in writing. It is not uncommon for movers to cancel or no show a move if a more profitable opportunity presents itself. Gouffon Moving and Storage Co. offers a “$500 Performance Guaranty” on all of our residential jobs. What this means is if, for any reason, we do not perform the job as agreed upon (date of move) ,we will discount your move $500. We have never “no showed” or backed out of a booked move in 128 years.

4. Verify Source of Employees

We feel it is always a good idea to fully understand what type of workers your mover of choice will be utilizing to perform the move. Reliance on random pickup and part time help is very common in the moving and storage industry. Gouffon Moving and Storage Co. only utilizes full time employees on our moving crews. We do not use temp service or pickup help. We are fortunate to be in a position to do this because of the high volume of local moving we book. Items # 2 and # 3 above become even more critical if a mover is planning on staffing your move with pickup help.

We hope these tips help make your move a smooth and successful transition. Again, thank you very much for considering Gouffon Moving and Storage Co. for your upcoming relocation. With our unmatched track record and “Meet or Beat Price Guaranty”, we should be the clear choice for any educated shopper.