screening moving companies – part 3

Screening Moving Companies – Part 3

Learn what to ask and when looking for
a moving company – part 3

Screening cross country movers

Screening Moving Companies - Part 3

Recommendations and Referrals

Haven't chosen a moving company yet? Learn how to screen them here. Get a free quote: 888-680-7200One of the most recommended ways to find a reliable moving company is to get a referral. If you know a friend or a relative that moved recently, ask them about their moving experience and if the have a positive opinion on the company they hired, ask for the number and request an estimate. Be sure to mention your referrer.

If you cannot get a referral, be sure to check what other customers of the moving company you consider, think about the company. Ask to speak with former customers and/or ask to see testimonials. It is very common nowadays for moving companies to post their testimonials on the company's website.

Referrals and recommendations are not a safe enough ground to hire a moving company. The fact that a moving company performed a local move for a relative, does not mean the company specializes in long distance moves as well. Be sure to check the company and learn its services before hiring it.


Another important factor of selecting a moving company is to check the company's governing authority. Whether you choose your company from a directory book, from a referral, or from an online search, it is smart to choose a moving company that is associated with a larger firm name.

For example: a company that is a local branch of a nationwide network has the advantage of working under additional firm rules and regulations. Another good idea is to hire a company, associated with the American Moving and Storage Association.

Comparing Moving Quotes

As you start collecting quotes from various moving companies, you will learn that there is a wide variety of costs, services and types of pricing. While some companies charge by the volume of your household, other charge by weight, and some charge on a per-item basis. These different methods will lead to various prices.

There are two ways to compare pricing and services:

  1. Invite a representative from each company to survey your household move and ask a quote based on the inventory list. This method is great if you have the time to put into that. Another advantage of this method is the fact that you can learn a lot about the company simply judging by its representatives attitude and aptitude.
  2. If time is the essence, you can shorten up this process and ask to be emailed with a quote. The best way to do that is to prepare your inventory list. Simply create a descriptive list of your items and send it to your considered moving companies. This will allow you to get the quotes, based on an identical list of items and to properly compare.

This article is provided California New York Express as part of the company's comprehensive Service Pledge. We, at California New York Express, believe that a smooth move starts with education and understanding of the services provided.

California New York Express is a leading moving company, providing superior coast to coast relocation services since 1995. For more information, please feel free to contact us.

Storage Locations

Los Angeles
5698 Bandini Blvd B.
Bell, CA 90201
P: 888-680-7200 Ext. 102
San Francisco
745 85th Ave
Suite L. Oakland, CA 94621
P: 888-680-7200 Ext. 135
New York
210 Meadowlands Pkwy d,
Secaucus, NJ 07094
P: 888-680-7200 Ext. 131

Business Hours(PST)

Monday: 8am - 4pm
Tuesday: 8am - 4pm
Wednesday: 8am - 4pm
Thursday: 8am - 4pm
Friday: 8am - 4pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Shannon L.
Shannon L.
Jan 5, 2024

Movers who packed my things up in NY were great. I was also very impressed with how clear everything was, how fast the move coordinator Eric was with getting back to me. Read more testimonials

Danielle Francisco
Feb 11, 2024

Terrific experience with Andres and his team. They were quick, efficient and very knowledgeable. Read more testimonials

Ria B.
Ria B.
Jan 10, 2024

Everything went smoothly with CA-NY Express Movers. They packed up my apt in NYC in no time, put it into storage for me while we found our new house. Read more testimonials

Back to top