Tips for Finding a Moving Company
Making plans for a move? A mover is not all you need – you need them to be trustworthy too. After all, these guys will be handling your prized belongings. A little homework can save you headaches later on.
Check if the mover is licensed and insured.
If your new address is still in the same state, ask for proof of the mover’s state license and insurance. For an out-of-state move, make sure they have a unique license number, which you can verify by checking the U.S. Department of Transportation website. Using the same site, you be able to check as well whether the mover’s insurance is up to date.
Read web reviews.
One way to trim down your list of prospects is reading online reviews on trusted consumer websites like Yelp and Angie’s List (not marketing websites which are misleading). When considering star ratings, don’t forget to see how many reviews were written. All movers will have both good and bad things said about them, but you want is the overwhelming opinion. Certainly, the Better Business Bureau can help by showing which movers have or have had major issues with consumers.
Ask for an in-house estimate.
A phone estimate is unquestionably convenient, but it could also be a red flag. You can’t get an accurate assessment of your costs unless there’s a real live human being looking at your belongings. Even if you tell them how many bedrooms you have, that won’t show how tightly or loosely packed each one is. If they insist on giving you an estimate without paying you a visit, be wary. Reputable movers don’t do this.
Don’t focus on the price.
After talking to a number of movers, you will find that prices can actually vary a lot. As in most cases, you will likely get what you pay for. Definitely, you’ll want a mover to have the right knowledge, equipment and packing materials. Don’t back off immediately when you learn that a mover is out of your budget. There’s usually room for negotiation.
In the end, you should be able to compare a number of movers to know which among them is right for you. One company may say they’re affordable, but how can be sure if you don’t know the prices with other movers? Having options can make a huge difference. Spend time doing your homework, compare each company with the others on your list, and then make your final choice.