How to Choose a Moving Company

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If you’re considering a local move, or across the state but can’t figure out whether to go the DIY route or hire professionals, study the following statistics.

  • According to the United States Census Bureau, over 40 million people move yearly.
  • 1 million Americans utilize the DIY option themselves and hire a rented truck.
  • 35 million people also choose the DIY route but don’t rent trucks.
  • 650,000 Americans hire professionals for the transition each year.

The bottom line, relocating to a new place is inevitable. An average American changes home 11.7 times in life, and most opt for a DIY plan. However, research has shown that the psychological implications of a DIY move can be compounding since it increases stress levels and anxiety. For this reason, researchers recommend getting professional help.

But, how do you choose a good moving company in America with the increasing number of movers yearly? Read on to find out how to choose the right moving company.  

1. Ask People You Trust for Recommendations

The first step in how to choose a removal company is to get reliable referrals. A recommendation can only be considered reliable if it comes from people you trust i.e. your family, friends, neighbors, and other loved ones. Their recommendation will have more value than many online reviews because they have a personal experience with the shipping contractors or know someone who has had a good experience with them.

2. Get At Least Three Shippers Contact

Another tip on how to choose movers is to consider different options. Shipping companies vary. So, while asking for recommendations, ensure you get three reliable shippers on your list. This way, you have varieties to choose from after considering their services and cost.

3. Look-Out for Unprofessional Conduct

With the increasing number of shippers across the United States, some are bound to be rip-offs. The best way to avoid their moving scam is to observe their demands and how they conduct themselves around you. Rouge shippers will often showcase the following red flags:

  • Asking for large deposits
  • Demand for money to get quotes
  • Offer estimates without inventory or thorough walkthrough
  • Late appearance during appointments
  • Using rented trucks
  • Without a license or valuable protection insurance cover
  • No professional accreditation
  • Word of mouth contracts
  • Frequent name switch

4. Movers Should be Licensed and Offer Valuation Protection

As mentioned earlier, a moving company without legal federal registration licensing or one that doesn’t offer valuation covers is a no-choice zone. The US Department of Transportation and even the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) do not recognize a relocation company without a legal license plate from the federal government. Plus, if a mover fails to offer insurance for your belongings, it means you bear the bulk of expenses that may result from damaged or missing items. For this reason, you need to research the insurance and licensing status of your choice shippers before engaging their services.

5. Check the BBB Website to Get More Information About Shippers

The Better Business Bureau is quite reliable when it comes to sourcing information about companies, no matter their niche market. It provides you with trusted reviews and information about shippers’ license status, their ratings, and even complaints filed by previous customers against them. No matter the information you need, the Better Business Bureau aggregates useful information that helps you choose the right moving company.

6. Check Mover’s Professional Accreditation Status

In short, know the type of professional qualifications they have. For a relocation company to be considered professional, they should have passed through some form of training and experience that qualifies them as experts. So, if movers claim they’ve been in the business for a long time, request proof of professional accreditation and verify it.

The most common accreditation many shippers will often possess is from regulated bodies like the American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA).

7. Verify the Address

Address, whether a physical location or contact number, plays a vital role in determining legitimate shippers. Often relocation companies offer residential addresses or that of another company with a similar name. Before investing in shipping services, make sure you verify their physical location.

8. Get Free Quotes

Once you’re sure the address, license, and insurance cover are in order, the next step is to get a local moving quote. But like with other tips in this guide, validate their conduct. Technically, estimates are free. If a relocation company asks you to pay a certain sum to get a quote, rule them off your list. Also, avoid companies that offer estimates without taking an inventory of your belongings or a walk-through of your home. Why? Steps like this help movers determine moving costs. So, if they don’t do it, they aren’t trustworthy.

9. Only Accept a Written Contract

While word-of-mouth can be reliable in certain situations, it is not a great idea to draw a contract on it. Shippers are humans and may forget their promises. Some that remember, may renegade on it. To ensure you get the best deal without compromising your finances, get everything from agreements to extra fee clauses, insurance, and valuation claims in writing.

10. Find the Pros for the Job

Relocation companies differ in the services they offer. Before hiring shippers, you want to make sure that the services they offer are what you need. For instance, if you need them to pack, load, and unpack your belongings, you need to make sure you’re not just hiring regular shippers but a full-service professional moving contractor to get the job done. Also, ensure that the relocation company has the right equipment for your specialized needs (if any).

Conclusion

Relocating, no matter the distance is tedious. It’s no wonder researchers recommend you hire a relocation company for the Job. A good moving company will reduce stress levels associated with the transit, but that is only if you choose the right ones. Before you engage one,   use these tips to learn how to pick a good moving company. Don’t forget to research their license, insurance, address, and qualifications to make the right choice.

The views expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of The World Financial Review.