5 Things to Look For When Choosing a Mover

Posted on Jun 9 2017 - 4:40pm by Isabella

A family moving boxes

1) No up-front fees

A reputable company won’t make you pay a lot (if anything!) up-front. This can help protect you, and ensures that your items will be delivered on time and to the correct location. If you’ve already paid a ton up front, or put a credit card on file, you run the risk of losing your negotiating power should something go wrong.

2) A realistic estimate

Movers moving a couch

Make sure to get a realistic estimate before selecting a moving company. Be sure the representative walks through your home, takes into account larger pieces of furniture as well as boxes, and check that they are taking notes of both weights and sizes. You’ll want to get at least 3 estimates before choosing a company, but be wary: the lowest price doesn’t always mean the best deal.

3) Referrals or reviews

It’s always a great idea to get a moving company from a referral from a friend or coworker who has used them before. If this isn’t possible, be sure to check for references. Read Yelp Reviews and check the American Moving and Storage Association and State Associations of Movers to make sure that the moving company you select has good reviews.

4) Insurance and Licensure 

Lisenced and insured

A good company will be able to present to you proof of licensure, insurance, and also will have a physical address listed. Be wary of any company that is unable to provide these up-front: you don’t want to be liable if you items get damaged in the move.

5) No Hidden Fees

When talking to companies about their estimates, be sure to check for any hidden fees. Companies may charge you for moving items from a house into an apartment that is up many flights of stairs or requires use of an elevator, for example. Be sure to also ask about special offers, discounts, or search online for coupons to get the best deal. Your moving company might also partner with home security companies, or companies like Utility Concierge which will help you move your utilities for free.

5 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. adonis June 24, 2017 at 2:01 pm - Reply

    I’ve had a similar experience and what I can add to these is this: go for a team you’re comfortable with. Call it a gut feel or something but you certainly don’t want people who don’t make you feel at ease while they move your stuff.

  2. Octavio June 24, 2017 at 5:35 pm - Reply

    It’s hard to find a good moving company, especially one that doesn’t do any kind of damage.

  3. Sitti June 24, 2017 at 9:55 pm - Reply

    I totally agree with #2. Way too affordable might mean something’s not right. Investigate. You don’t wanna be surprised with additional/hidden charges!

  4. Grecy Garcia June 25, 2017 at 2:29 am - Reply

    I always hate hidden charges. It is like a fake marriage to me. Any company, mover or not should be very transparent. Everything written in the contract should be served and done. However, there are still lots that fool people just to get money from them.

  5. Rain Santos-Ocampo June 25, 2017 at 2:41 am - Reply

    It’s not a joke to get a reputable mover especially when you want to ensure that your valuable items are transported safely and carefully.

    Yes. The tip for Insurance and Licensure is important. I’ve moved a lot of times and have come across not so good movers. Never thought to check number four. I learned it the hard way.

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