As someone who has worked in the road transportation industry all his life, Umberto de Pretto has seen people and businesses make the same mistakes over and over again. When choosing a haulage or road transportation company to work with, it is absolutely vital that they ask the right questions, and many fail to do so. This is why he has come up with a number of questions that everyone should ask before agreeing to work with a certain road transportation network provider.
Whether a business is looking for a regular haulage or interstate freight company to handle their deliveries, or whether an individual simply wants to use services once, perhaps to move home, it is very important to ask the right questions. Those include:
- What the company’s and their drivers’ experience and expertise is on the job you need completing. This will tell you that they will be able to handle your particular needs. Someone may have had 20 years’ experience driving a truck for a perishable items company, they would have no understanding of how to transport a piano.
- Which equipment the company will use and why that is right for the job at hand. You may not understand the specs of the equipment that is listed, but it is important to check anyway.
- How much of the job the company will be able to take on. For instance, some transportation companies that help people move home will not carry items from the property into the truck and back again. This means that their services may not be suitable for the individual.
These are just three questions, but they are hugely important. Essentially, the answers will tell you whether or not the provider is able to complete your job. Of particular importance as well, therefore, is how well you understand your own needs. This is something that many people also forget. They will contact a haulage company and explain that they want something moving from point A to point B, but forget to mention whether they need it to be packaged, whether it is a hazardous material, what their time frame is, and so on. Your starting point, therefore, should be gaining an understand of what it is that you want in particular.
Make sure, as well, that you receive quotations from at least three haulage companies. Umberto de Pretto wants to make it clear that there are hundreds, if not thousands, of haulage companies in the country today, so a little bit of research will ensure you receive the best possible service for the best possible price. At the same time, it is important to remember that the best price is not necessarily the lowest price. Rather, it is the one that offers the best value for money. If you are able to receive five quotes, you can usually dismiss the cheapest and the most expensive one out of hand and start to compare what is offered by the other three before making your final decision.