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How to Choose a Moving Company

Tips to find the best moving company for your relocation

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How To Choose A Moving Company

Check out these tips when choosing a moving company.

  • Recommendations From People You Know
    The first place we often go to with a question is the internet. While definitely a good source for answers and knowledge, receiving recommendations from people you know, friends, family, or business colleagues, can save you a lot of time in your search for a moving company with a good reputation.
  • Searching Online
    Using the Internet to search for reputable moving companies may seem overwhelming, however, here are a few tips to keep things simple.
  • Be specific and use different keywords in your search. For example: Moving from Los Angeles to New York.
  • Determine what services you require the moving company to provide, and if they offer what you need.
  • Reputable moving companies invest in their websites, providing information on services offered and company details, such as: address, contact and USDOT (United States Department of Transportation) numbers.
  • Check Ratings And Reviews

The BBB (Better Business Bureau) is where you can see the companies accredited business profile and read reviews, and complaints if any. It would be wise to only consider companies that are BBB accredited and have good ratings. Websites such as Yelp, CitySearch and TrustLink are additional sites where you can read reviews. You can also request references from past clients of any company you are considering.

  • Licensed And Insured

All legitimate and reputable interstate moving companies will be licensed and insured. Check with the USDOT (United States Department of Transportation) https://www.transportation.gov the company’s license number. You will also want to check they are insured, which can be done at the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) website Local or in state moves (intrastate) licensing and insurance requirements vary by state.

  • Collect Estimates

It is recommended to collect at least three estimates from different moving companies. An in home estimate, when possible is always advised. An estimator will do a walkthrough and give you an estimate based on what is being moved. Think about obtaining and comparing quotes from companies that provide estimates by weight (pounds) and companies that estimate by volume (cubic feet).

  • Verify Company Information
  • Full company name and any DBA names (Doing Business As)
  • Confirm address and telephone numbers match the information on the FMCSA website
  • How long they have been in business?
  • What To Be Aware Of

Sadly, scams do occasionally occur. However, if you take the time to research and check thoroughly all the companies you are considering, it shouldn’t be a problem. Do however pay attention to a few points.

  • Don’t pay large deposits.
  • Never sign blank or partially completed contracts.
  • Be wary of any company that provides a quote considerably lower than any of the other companies.
  • Hidden fees for example: packing supplies and labor, long carry fees, elevator fees, and extra stops.
  • Confirm the moving company will be moving you, not subcontracting to another company.

When choosing a moving company with these tips in mind, the process will be straightforward and simple.

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