Everybody has different reasons for moving. Some people are tired of the same old neighborhood, while others need to downsize due to family size or home circumstances. Whatever your reasons, it is important to be smart when you’re considering how and who you call as a moving company.
Get a Few Moving Quotes
Getting quotes from moving companies, whether you plan to move locally or across the country, will help you determine the value of your belongings and give you an idea of how much it will cost to relocate them. You can always get moving quotes online these days because there are so many online moving company sites out there and they will all be competing for your business.
Price comparison is the most important part of getting a good deal when it comes to any service and especially when choosing a moving service. It’s also important to compare not only rates but also services. Some moving companies offer less expensive services, but they may not be as durable or reliable.
You may have a family member or friend who has recently moved so you can get some recommendations. Word of mouth can also help you decide on the right company for the job and it’s possible to get recommendations online too.
Are They Licensed?
A reputable moving company will be licensed in your state, so check the license before hiring anyone. This will ensure that they are bonded and insured and you don’t want to take any chances when it comes to your belongings, especially if they are fragile or valuable.
If you are moving across state lines you will want to verify that the company is licensed in every state that you will be moving to. Also, ask if they are members of the American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA). This organization is the only one that accredits companies and they have strict regulations, so if they are a member, they should be reliable.
Get an Estimate
You need an estimate from them ahead of time so you know what to expect before your move begins. Some companies may give you a quote and then charge you more at the last minute.
Check Your Insurance
If you have insurance for your belongings, check with your agent to make sure that all of your belongings will be covered by any moving company that you choose to use.