Top Tips for Hiring a Moving Company: Work With the Pros

by Matty ByloosMay 19, 2016

How Do You Find Great Movers?

Moving is an exciting time — after all, there will be a new house, a new neighborhood, and plenty of new places to explore. But it can also be a trying and very stressful experience, as all of your worldly possessions are going to be hoisted into a van and trucked who knows how many miles to a house that isn’t really your home just yet.

If renting a U-Haul and tossing your things in the back won’t cut it, then it’s definitely worth your time and effort to hire an experienced, professional moving company. Doing so will make a huge difference to the levels of stress you experience during your move.
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When choosing a moving company, it can be hard to pick from the plethora of options in your area.  What counts is not the label on the truck, but the quality of their service. If you have the budget to hire great people to do the work for you, especially if you have precious goods in tow, then finding the best movers possible is an absolute must. Read on for a list of tips and tricks to follow when you’re searching for the best moving company possible.

Where to Find the Best Moving Service

The internet is full of scams just waiting to find their next victim. Websites like this one offer movers a chance to see which moving websites are blacklisted and are definitely a no-go. To find the best moving companies, start by calling your local real estate agencies and find companies that have offices in your area, preferably one that has been established for at least 12 years.

The next step in verifying that they will treat your furniture and family heirlooms well is to set up an appointment with each moving company. This way, you can have your important questions answered and get a price estimate at the same time. This last step is important– some companies can “challenge” the price if they say you have accumulated a significant amount of extra stuff on moving day than on the day they first estimated the cost of your move.

4 Questions You Should Ask

You will want to ask your potential moving company a few questions to verify their reliability, to ascertain your compatibility, and to protect yourself throughout the process.

  1. Where is my U.S Department of Transportation “Your Rights and Responsibilities” booklet?
  2. What is your company’s full name, e-mail, website and physical addresses?
  3. What are your company’s references?
  4. What is your U.S Department of Transportation license number?

Online Resources for Finding Moving Companies

There are a few reputable online resources that can help you with the moving process. The website Unpakt.com is basically Yelp for moving companies and is a valuable resource to ensure that your move is safe, easy, and stress-free. The website Angie’s List also has some tips on the entirety of the moving process, as well as some recommendations on movers if you register for their site.

Two men carry chest of drawers onto a moving van

Estimated Cost of Moving

You can often expect the final cost of moving to be more than the estimated price, but hiring a team of professional and reliable movers is definitely worth the cost, especially if you have high-value goods that you plan to transport to your new home. At the very least, you’ll want a written estimate of what the moving company will charge you. A “binding not-to-exceed estimate” is the most desirable form, as this places a guaranteed final price on what the company is allowed to charge you for your move.

It’s also a good idea to practice light bribery with your moving company in the form of providing them with water bottles and perhaps some healthy snacks so they stay hydrated and happy while they transport your great grandmother’s china tea set and your homemade iguana habitat! On a hot summer day, a little bit of cold water definitely goes a long way.


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About The Author
Matty Byloos
Matty is the Content Marketing Specialist for Homes.com. He's a newly minted homeowner who currently lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife. When he's not working, he enjoys writing fiction, working on the house, and enjoying the amazing nature that the city has to offer. He is also the founder of NOVEL Creative Agency.
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