Moving is one of the most stressful things you can do. Hence why more and more people are opting to hire movers to help with the stress and pain. But how do you know you’re choosing the right mover? Below we have some tips on how to ensure you aren’t going to be left scrambling when it’s time to move.
Start with a Referral
Do you have friends or family who recently moved? Ask them for a referral for a reputable moving company. Knowing a company worked well with people you trust is a great place to start. You should always do additional research, but asking a friend for a recommendation is a great place to start. At least you know they will at least show up for your move. On our vendors page you can find a list of reputable companies we trust – including movers.
3 is the Magic Number
Don’t just choose the first company to give you a quote. Call around and get at least 3 quotes on what the cost of the move will be. Keep in mind that the quote you get over the phone is just an estimate as it is nearly impossible to know how much it will cost without seeing the space. Cheaper doesn’t always mean the best option either, paying a little bit more for the piece of mind that your grandmother’s china will arrive intact is worth the splurge.
Check the Better Business Bureau
So you’ve asked your friends, you’ve called around, and you’ve probably checked Google or Yelp for reviews. One of the most important things you can do is check the Better Business Bureau for any complaints. Yelp and Google can be curated to remove or minimize negative reviews, the Better Business Bureau is the best bet for getting an accurate representation of whether the company you’re choosing to work with is reputable or not. We also suggest checking for professional accreditation.
Make Sure they are Licensed
If you are moving out of state you can verify the moving company’s license through the FMCSA’s site using the company’s U.S. DOT number. If you are moving within the same state you can check with your local consumer affairs agency.
At the end of the day, when it comes to choosing the right movers, don’t ignore the red flags. If they are too eager for a cash deposit, they seem unprofessional on the phone, or they have polarized ratings on Google or Yelp it can be a bad sign. Always do your thorough research when choosing movers.