When you hire a moving company, you are entrusting them with all of your precious belongings. Automatically choosing the movers who offer the lowest prices might put these belongings at risk. Even the basic functional pieces of furniture that you don’t necessarily love deeply should arrive at your new home intact. You want a moving company you can count on to protect your stuff and get it exactly where it needs to go. Moving is an investment and if you’re not willing to make that investment, it could come back to haunt you.
Invest your time and do some research.
Before looking into a specific moving company, make sure they are properly licensed. For interstate moving companies, check with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Check to see how organizations like the Better Business Bureau and the American Moving and Storage Association rate them.
Next, take some time to read online reviews from other people who have used them during a move. If you only see a few complaints, that shouldn’t be automatic cause for worry. If you see a high number of negative reviews, though, you’re probably right to be wary.
Interview top options.
Once you’ve narrowed down the list to a few choices, take the time to interview each option. If possible, have them come to you. To get the most accurate estimate, it’s important for them to see your space and your stuff. Before even coming over, a good moving company will have asked you many questions. If a mover is ready to give you an estimate without asking you anything, that’s a red flag.
While you are with the representative of the moving company, ask any questions you have. Ask about their policies, hidden fees, and what happens if something goes wrong. Find out if they subcontract or do all the work themselves. Inquire about the kind of training employees receive. If you have any unique challenges (like moving to a high rise) or unique belongings (like antique furniture or musical instruments), ask about how they would handle that and what their experience is.
Make your decision.
Take into account everything you learned during your research and during your conversations with individual movers. Consider skill, experience, recommendations, and price. Don’t automatically choose the mover with the lowest price unless they truly offer everything you’re looking for and have a trustworthy reputation.
In addition to paying the moving fees, you may want to purchase additional moving insurance. If you are moving across state lines, your mover is required to include some basic insurance protection. However, this is based on weight and it’s not a very high price per pound that is covered. Especially if you have a lot of expensive things, you might want to consider purchasing additional insurance. Check your homeowners or renters insurance policy to see if moves are covered. If not, you can purchase a supplemental plan. Investing in insurance is a way to provide peace of mind. In the event of something happening, you won’t regret the investment.
Even if you get insurance, it’s a good idea to take care of moving smaller valuables on your own. You don’t want to risk things like jewelry and important papers getting lost in the shuffle.
Learn about your rights.
Before moving, you should take the time to learn about your rights. When moving across state lines, the federal government requires your mover to provide you with a copy of handbook about these rights. Make sure you get it and actually read it. If you’re moving within the same state, check with your state moving association for similar information. Hopefully, your move will go off without a hitch, but it helps to understand your rights just in case.
Moving can be stressful and overwhelming. A good moving company will help reduce the stress. When a trustworthy mover is helping, you’re freed up a bit to actually feel excited about the move. Take the time to find the right moving company and your move will go smoothly.