What You Need To Know About Local Moving Companies
Tips for finding a good moving company?
For those that have moved recently, or even those that have moved EVER, how did you find your moving company? Did you recruit some friends or did you hire a crew? I’ve heard lots of horror stories about terrible experiences.
Make sure you check with your local BBB. Check to see if the company is BackChecked. Check for references and never never never go with the lowest price and check to see how the transit protection works incase there are any damages.
Also always ask for them to come to your home to do a in house visit, do not accept just an over the phone estimate. A reputable company will always offer a free in home estimate even if you go with someone else
Here is a very useful website for moving scams, what to look out for and which questions to ask to make sure you aren’t getting set up by a moving “broker” or rogue movers that are out to take your stuff hostage: http://www.movingscam.com/articles/how-moving-scams-work
This site is a very comprehensive site well worth the time to review for moving and packing tips, message boards, and reviews
For cross-country moves, my sister and my daughter both used ABF with great success. You pack your own “ReLo Cube(s)” in your own time. When you’re ready, they pick it up, and deliver it. You can hire them to help load or unload, or do that part yourself. They were easy to work with, and there was a real, live, human contact on both ends (departure and destination cities) to help us. The cost was equivalent to truck rental like Ryder or Uhaul, when you factor gasoline, and the driving was done for us
Picking a Moving Company: How Do Your Choices Stack Up?
Selecting a moving company can be overwhelming. You probably have a few friends with recommendations, and there are plenty of movers’ ads online and offline — but which company’s the best fit?
Licensed means safe
The first and most important point to investigate is the company’s legal status. Movers may claim to be licensed and insured, but unless you can confirm that, don’t take it at face value.
Many states have rules and regulations to monitor household goods carriers at a local level. Usually the authorities responsible for overseeing intrastate movers are the state Department of Transportation or the Public Utilities Commission. Contact the relevant authority.
Check with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the agency that grants permits to all moving companies engaged in the interstate transportation of household goods.
Ensure that the ocean transportation intermediary involved in the moving process is certified by the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), the federal agency responsible for regulating U.S. international ocean transportation to protect U.S. consumers. Don’t even consider moving to another country without researching whether your chosen company has been approved by the FMC.
How to Choose a Moving Company You Can Rely On
Seek Out Recommendations
In order to find a reputable moving company, it is important to ask family, friends and co-workers for recommendations. Chances are they have had experience with a particular company they can either recommend or steer you away from
Check the Physical Address
To ensure a company is legitimate, check to see if it has a physical address. Consider visiting the facility and checking out the equipment. If you hire a local mover, you’ll avoid being duped into doing business with internet scammers.
Whatever company you’re thinking of hiring, make sure to verify its credentials. If you’re moving from one state to another, the moving company must have a number issued by the United States Department of Transportation. For in-state moves, requirements vary by jurisdiction. Check your state’s rules and regulations for moving companies.
Visit the company’s website and read what its customers are saying. Also, you can check the company’s rating with the Better Business Bureau (BBB). Furthermore, sites such as Angie’s List, Google and Yelp provide information about local businesses. There’s even a national association of movers with a searchable database that identifies quality and professional movers.
Check Their Experience
Choosing a reputable moving company is all about research, and part of that research includes finding out how long a company has been in business. Experience counts, and a long successful track record goes a long way in deciding who you want to entrust with your stuff.
How to Find a Reputable Moving Company
Hiring a moving company is a very stressful and expensive experience, and if you don’t take precautions it can quickly turn into a nightmare. So how do you find a moving company that you can trust with everything that you own, and still feel safe in your decision? While we generallyrecommend moving yourself if possible
The first thing that you should do is put down your keyboard and step away from your computer. While there are some reputable moving companies that have web sites, nearly all of the victims that contact us found their moving company on the Internet. The Internet will come in handy later, but for now let’s start local.
Start by asking friends who have moved recently, and call a few local real estate agents and find at least three moving companies that have offices in your area. Try to find moving companies that have been in business at least ten years, and do not hire a moving broker. Current consumer protection laws related to household goods brokers are insufficiently written, and enforced.
Set up appointments for at least two moving companies to come to your house and do an in-home estimate in the order of your least favorite to your most favorite company. Many companies are using new technology that makes it easier to provide estimates without an in-home survey, but we recommend at least two in-home surveys to help make sure the estimates are accurate.
Find out up front if the company will be doing the move themselves, or if they will be sub-contracting the job to another company. If they won’t be moving you then you should move on to another company. You should also visit their office and make sure that the company is who they say they are. Check out their trucks and storage facility. Make sure that their trucks are permanently marked with the company’s name. Many rogue movers will show up on the day of the move with a magnetic sign attached to the door of a rental truck, so it’s good to know as much about them as you can ahead of time.
Tips on Hiring Movers
Whether it’s your first time moving or you’re a veteran at changing addresses, moving can be a stressful affair. Don’t let your moving company add to it. To achieve peace of mind and have your belongings packed, moved, and delivered safely, you need to do your research.
Finding the right moving company requires more than just glancing at the estimated price. You need to know the company’s reputation, whether they are insured, and if they are reliable and capable of handling your move.
How to Hire Movers the Right Way
Before you start googling and looking for movers, make sure you do some prep work. First, identify the type of move you will be doing.
Next, you’ll want to find a few companies capable of providing the type of moving service you need. Make sure that you research several, as you’ll likely have to cross some off the list. Validate that the companies you are considering are licensed and insured, then see what past customers have to say about them. Testimonials will reveal the general trend of their service quality, as well as how they handle any bad reviews. If the company is unresponsive to complaints, be wary! While you shouldn’t expect something going wrong, you want to make sure whoever you hire is willing to take care of you if something happens.
Always Implement Proper Moving Etiquette
Proper moving etiquette is important. It can save you money, avoid mistakes, and ensure a better moving experience for everyone.