1. Recommendations from people you trust.
While Google may not be the most reliable start on your search for movers, you family and friends definitely are. Reach out
to those family/friends that have recently moved and ask about their experiences and who they recommend. By starting here,
you might get some important insight that you won't get online.
2. Good reviews.
Use online reviews to learn more about the possible moving companies on your list. A review is usually left for very good or
very bad services. This may give you input on other people's experiences with a company, and it may even give you clues on
some important variables you wouldn't have known about otherwise.
3. A Successful track record.
You should be able to discern a general idea of a moving companies record as far as being on time, keeping rates fair, and
maintaining the condition of possessions based on information you find online. Stick with the companies that have proven
their competency over time unless you have a couple of really glowing recommendations about a new moving company.
4. License and insurance.
Never use a moving company that isn't licensed and insured. Anyone can buy a truck and call themselves a moving
company. Only those who are officially licensed and insured are legally bound to protect your property.
Interstate movers are required to register with the U.S. Department of Transportation and receive a unique USDOT number. Regulations for intrastate movers are on a state-by-state basis.
5. Transparent rates.
A moving company will give you a rate based on the number of hours and number of movers you'll likely need from them.
Keep in mind that this is a base rate. It may not include additional packing materials or higher rates to move large, heavy
objects, or other incidental add-ons. They can give you a general idea of how much you be spending. Be sure to ask about
what constitutes an extra fee. If the company isn't forthcoming with the information, move on to somebody else.
6. A Good Fit for your Individual Needs
Every move is different. You need to make sure the moving company you hire can accommodate all of your things. Think
about your individual needs. Ask the right questions to ensure you're picking the right fit. Some things you should consider
- The size of the truck
- Can they provide additional packing supplies such as moving blankets, bubble wrap, garment boxes, etc.?
- If they are available in a time window that meets your needs?
7. Beware of Rogue Movers.
Verify a moving company is legitimate. Check for an active license. Look up their service records. Make sure they have a
valid physical address. Be wary of any movers that ask for a deposit, especially if they're asking for more than 20 percent.
No matter where you live, you're bound to have quite a few options to choose between. Do your research, ask around, and
don't hesitate to look elsewhere if a company raises any red flags. You want a company with a proven history of safety,
reliability, and a high quality of service. You may only be using the company for one day but a lot can go wrong. The more
work you put into choosing the perfect moving company for you, the less work you'll have to put into dealing with potential