Moving, whether it’s just down the road or across state lines, can be a stressful experience. You don’t want to add more stress to your move by hiring a fraudulent moving company that may charge you extra fees, damage your items, or run off with your stuff. To ensure you have a positive experience, here’s how to choose the best moving company for your needs.
The first thing you want to do is talk to your friends, family, and co-workers about their moving experiences and companies they would recommend. It’s likely each of them have moved a handful of times and can offer up some great advice.
If you don’t get any recommendations, or just one, go ahead and start looking online for a few reputable moving companies.
Research, research, research
Once you’ve got your recommendations you’ll want to research those companies even further to find out potential prices, their reviews, whether they’re licensed, and in general, how their moving system works.
Watch for warning signs
There are a ton of warning signs to also be aware of once you reach the point of actually requesting estimates and deciding on a mover. Red flags include:
- Cash or a large deposits required before the actual move;
- The company’s website has no local address or information about licensing and insurance;
- They don’t ask you any questions;
- You’re presented with a blank contract; and
- They provide a “guaranteed” quote.
Trust your gut
In order to choose the best moving company for your needs you’ll need to use your recommendations, your research, and your best judgement. If you get a bad feeling from a company then don’t use them. Find one that can meet your needs and can offer you the best possible moving experience.