Consider these 4 tips before hiring a moving company

While relocating to a new home is exciting, the move itself can be stressful. There are many things that need to be done like sorting, packing, labeling, and then unpacking when you arrive at your new residence. Hiring a professional moving company can save you time, and make your move less stressfull.

1. Solicit recommendations from family and friends

Start by asking your friends and family for recommendations While everyone's experience is different, choosing a company that is familiar among your inner circle might increase your chances of having the same experience.

2. Screen potential candidates

Complete an initial screening on all prospective moving companies. There are a number of resources available online that will help you narrow down your search. The Better Business Bureau is a good place to start. You can see complaints filed against any moving companies, and whether the complaints were ever resolved. It also provides some background information on the company, which typically includes its business start date, the type of entity it is, and contact information. You should also check Angie's List, where you'll find detailed ratings and reviews on moving companies in your area.

3. Request quotes

Narrow down your search to three companies and contact each to request a quote.

Make certain you have a clear understanding of how the company charges. For example, some local moving companies may charge by the hour, or based upon the number of movers needed to complete the job. Longer moves are often calculated based on the weight of the shipment. However, the rules will vary by company and state.

Also, use this time to get to know the company better, and to address any other concerns you have. Ask the moving company the following questions:

  • Do you have references I can contact about previous work?
  • Are you licensed for state and interstate transport? 
  • What supplies will you provide? Do I need to purchase boxes?
  • Do you have insurance?

4. Review paperwork, compare estimates and select your company

Follow up with the references provided. Review the paperwork and compare the estimates. Based on your research, estimates and other information provided, select the company that you feel will serve your needs the best.

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Movers will want to know how many boxes you have and what is in the boxes, says Chila. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Marisa R. of Cottage Grove, Minnesota)
Movers will want to know how many boxes you have and what is in the boxes, says Chila. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Marisa R. of Cottage Grove, Minnesota)

Your call to the moving company will go quicker and involve less frustration if you have this information ready to go before you pick up the phone.

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