How to Choose Movers that Are Right for You
When moving to a new home, hiring movers is often the best way to ensure a move is quick, efficient and less stressful. Think about it: movers do the packing, loading/unloading and transporting for you. Still, as Marcia Passos Duffy, a blogger for Bankrate.com, says, “While the right moving company can make for a smooth move, choosing the wrong mover can make your relocation a nightmare.” So how do you make sure you choose the right movers for you? See our tips below.
No matter your individual preferences, you should look for moving companies that fit the following criteria:
- Movers that are licensed. When you’re moving from one state to another, your movers must be licensed with the federal government, which means they’ll be assigned a Department of Transportation number. You can check ProtectYourMove.gov to ensure your movers meet the necessary requirements. For local moves, every state has different licensing requirements. If you’re moving within your state, call your state moving association to check your movers’ licenses and other requirements.
- Movers that give you a written, in-home estimate. In-home estimates are the best way for movers to give you a reliable quote, since they can see how much stuff you have and whether there will be any obstacles to your move (e.g., stairs, a hard-to-access location). Whenever you get an estimate from a moving company, make sure it is in writing. You cannot rely on verbal estimates.
- Movers that have good reviews. A moving company may post testimonials on its site, and that’s a great starting place for your investigation. But you’ll want to do your own research. Check with the Better Business Bureau and other moving review websites to verify that the movers you’re considering have great practices overall.
Depending on your individual preferences, you’ll also need to choose movers based on the following factors:
- Experience. Think about how much experience you want your movers to have. Sure, the new company might offer lower rates, but you have to consider what you might be giving up in professionalism and quality should you go with less experienced movers.
- Services. Do you just need the basic services – like packing, loading/unloading and transporting – or do you require a whole range of services? Other services can include everything from storage to car/boat transit, assembly/disassembly, shuttle services, crating and more.
- Cost. Your budget will always be a concern when you’re moving to a new home. If money is the most important consideration in your move, then you’ll need to look for a company with a low estimate. Just remember – if a deal seems too good to be true, it likely is. Sometimes it’s worth it to hire a well-known company that charges a little more so you have their reputation and experience as assurance.
Allied Van Lines has more than 80 years of experience. We employ quality agents that offer a range of services at affordable prices. Contact us today for a free moving quote!
Estimate the Move
- What's included in my quote?
- Is the price guaranteed?
- How do you generate an estimate?
- How do you identify the weight of a shipment?
- Is there an extra cost to pack specialty items?
- Any extra charge because of where I live?
- What is the delivery spread? How do you guarantee pickup/delivery?
Pick Up delivery Delay
- Cancellation policy?
- Valuation protection?
- Payment options and expectations?
- How Long have you been in business?
- What's your physical address & phone number?
- Are you insured & licensed to transport goods?
- Motor carrier number?
- Are you ProMover at the American Moving and Storage Association?
- What is your BBB rating?
- What items do I have to take with me?
- Will I be in contact with the driver?
- Do I need to be present during the packing?
- How do you take inventory of all my items?
- Should I do anything in advance of the packing days?
- Who's my main contact for my move?
After the Move
- What happens if something should break or get damaged in the move?
- What is your claim process like?
- Can my claim be denied?