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How to Hire a Moving Company

Published on August 10, 2017 by rae steinbach

One of the challenges of renting a new apartment is the process of moving. Fortunately, you can hire a moving company to get the job done for you. Good moving companies make sure all of your items are carefully transported and the process is worth what they charge.

Here’s the big question, though: How can you tell if a moving company is good or bad? With the simple steps given below, you can find and hire the best moving company.

Preliminary Research

Start off by asking within your social circle if they can suggest a moving company based on a past experience of moving. Firsthand recommendations are often thebest to follow for hiring a moving company. If searching online, you’ll want to avoid the headliner companies, as they often charge too much. Don’t fall for those moving company websites that have ads saying “Find You a Mover”, for example.

Once you have a list of potential movers ready, filter by checking if any of these companies are scammers or have a poor reputation on the website movingscam.com. Also, make sure the company you have your eyes set on has the proper legal permissions to move your stuff.

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Getting an Estimate

When you get an estimate from the moving company, keep in mind the final cost will often be more than this approximation. When the estimator comes to your apartment show them everything so that they can accurately judge exactly how much the move will cost you. Also, make sure that by the time the estimator leaves, you should have the following information about their company:

  • Full Name, address, phone, e-mail, and website
  • Names and contacts of company representatives
  • USDOT & MC license numbers
  • If they will perform the move themselves or hand it to over to another moving company
  • Some history, including number of years they have been in business

Get all the companies from your list to send estimators. Keep in mind that even though most companies send estimators for free, some might charge you. Be sure to ask in advance if there is a charge.

Go over all the estimates and make sure that the documents provided by each estimator are precise. If there is any confusion, call and confirm.

Choosing the Right Moving Company

Now compare all the bids and rank the moving companies according to not just the pricing, but also all the information you have about them and your own personal opinion. Keep narrowing down the list of the companies with each step.

See if you can find any good or bad reviews on the companies you have chosen. One strategy is to call the FMCSA’s Safety Violation and Consumer Complaints hotline and check if there are any complaints about the potential moving companies.

After all of this, you should be confident in choosing a moving company. All that’s left is to finalize your decision and confirm the moving date and time with them.

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