Finding a good moving company will require a little work, but it’s well worth it. Too many people have learned the hard way that hiring the wrong movers can make your relocation much more difficult or even cause you to lose money. That’s why we vet moving companies for you and provide you with estimates from reliable, reputable moving companies for you to choose from, taking the stress out of moving. When you’re deciding which one is the right one for you, keep the following tips in mind.
Hire someone local
It’s advisable to hire a moving company based in your local area; this helps ensure you aren’t working with someone unscrupulous. Bonus points if you can visit the company’s office, meet the people, and see their equipment for yourself.
Look for a licensed mover
The company’s legal status is a meaningful way to tell if they’re dependable. Confirm that a company is licensed and insured – don’t just assume. For interstate moves, check with the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration). This agency ensures the safety and legal compliance of interstate moving companies to protect consumers.
Obtain multiple estimates
You should get no fewer than three estimates (we’ll provide you with six). That way, you have plenty of options and can comparison shop to make the smartest decision. Be wary if an estimate seems too high or too low – either may be a sign of a scam.
Check to see what others have said about the company you’re considering. You can look for a Better Business Bureau report; see what letter grade the company has received and read any reviews or complaints that might be online. However, consider the evaluation itself; a negative review might not have anything to do with the quality of service or the company’s reliability.
If you are moving to another state, your mover must have a Department of Transportation-issued number that identifies commercial vehicles hauling cargo or transporting passengers across state lines. Movers are required to provide their DOT number; you should check these numbers to ensure that you are hiring a legitimate company. When you hire a moving company through Network Moving, you can rest assured that we’ve already vetted the mover and provided you with only worthwhile options.
Watch out for too-large deposit requirements
A deposit of up to 20% of the total estimated cost of the move is normal, and some won’t require any payment at all until you have received all your items. Put any deposit you must make on a credit card so that, if the need arises, you’ll be able to contest the charge. If a mover asks for more than 20% upfront, it should be a red flag. Also, if a mover refuses to deliver your belongings until you pay more than the agreed-upon amount, the police may be able to help.
With just a little research, you can easily find a professional moving company that will help make your relocation as easy and stress-free as possible.