Choosing a moving company can be one of the most difficult choices you make during the moving process, as well as one of the most important. While it’s often easy to overlook the good work a moving company does, the problems caused by a bad moving company can sour your entire move, especially if important items are lost or damaged.
While it can often be difficult to figure out which moving companies are reputable, and which should be avoided at all costs, there are ways to improve your odds of finding a company that will get your move done right in a timely fashion. Here are a few tips for finding the right moving company for you.
- Ask For Recommendations: When in doubt, ask your friends, neighbors and others for information on moving companies they’ve used in the past. Sometimes, this will result in a glowing recommendation that will make your choice easy. Other times, you’ll hear horror stories and learn which companies to avoid at all costs. Either way, this should help you narrow your search.
- Start Looking Early: It’s easy to forget to book a moving company until the last minute; after all, you might not be thinking much about it until a few weeks before you’re planning to leave your current home. However, this will often limit your choices – and not in a good way. Some of the best moving companies may well be booked by this point, meaning you’ll have to settle for a second-rate mover. Instead, start talking to companies as much as two months before you plan to move to ensure that you’ll be able to get the movers you want, when you want them.
- Know What You Need: Sometimes problems that are attributed to moving companies are actually at least partially the customer’s fault. This often occurs because the person or family that’s moving didn’t properly describe the services they required. Do you need insurance for your valuables? Do you have lots of fragile items? Did you want the moving company to help you pack, too? Answering these questions will help the moving company better understand your needs and provide you with an accurate quote.
- Compare Quotes: Make sure you take the time to talk to at least a handful of moving companies. Ideally, you’ll want to get three or more quotes before making a final decision. Don’t necessarily go with the cheapest quote, either; if you can get a binding quote from one company that’s slightly higher than an “estimate” from another, it may be worth paying a little more for the peace of mind that comes with knowing there won’t be any surprise charges at the last minute.