When you plan to move, one of the most important tasks you have is determining the movers you will choose. The right local moving company will ensure the process is as painless and quick as possible. However, choosing the wrong mover can make the experience more expensive and take longer than it should.
As you go through the process of choosing the local moving company that’s right for you, consider the following factors:
Distance of the Move
Before you start choosing your moving company, make sure you understand the kind of move you are making.
Some movers only service the local community or nearby towns. Other moving companies specialize in long-distance moves – anything over 100 miles from your former home. Long-distance moves can be divided further into interstate moving, which means moving within the state, and intrastate moving, which means moving across state lines or country borders.
Determine the type of move you are going to make and hire the company that will meet your needs.
Use resources such as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association and the Better Business Bureau to check for a specific company’s record. Look up the company’s specific information, such as local address, insurance, as well as state and license numbers. Some companies change their business name constantly to avoid assessment by these organizations, so keep that in mind when searching for information.
Check for complaint registries and blacklists by searching the company name on sites like Rip-Off Report and Moving Scam. A membership to the American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA) is a good sign of a reputable moving company.
Recommendations and References
When looking for a moving company, consult with your family, coworkers, and friends first about any moving companies they recommend. The people in your life are the most reliable references to trust.
If you cannot get any names from people you trust, use resources such as AMSA to look for reliable movers. When you speak with movers, ask for references to customers in your area. Call them and ask questions about their experiences.
Mind the Estimates
A crucial aspect when choosing a mover is knowing how estimates work – both non-binding and binding. A binding estimate means you have a fixed amount you will pay, even if the weight of your shipment is more than estimated. However, the movers may charge you for extra services and the contract has plenty of regulations. A non-binding estimate is based on weight and other factors the mover will determine, but it cannot exceed 10% of the original estimate. Either way, show your mover all your items and keep track of all your paperwork.
How Do I Book an Appointment for a Move?
Are you ready to book your move with us? Simply schedule an appointment with us in one of three ways: