This week’s post is devoted to how to choose a moving company. We have been in moving business for over 8 years. We’ve seen many companies doing the right thing and unfortunately wrong things. We have developed a list of steps that will help you hire the best moving company:
Ask you friends, neighbors or real estate agents for the reliable moving company. After you get initial pool of candidates, visit companies’ website, Facebook page, and etc. Things to check for:
- Contact page – Office location, telephone number is a must
- Reviews – Real reviews from customers who used the company services previously
- Services – What type of services company offer?
Use Yelp, Facebook or Google+ to read customer reviews about the company. If the company doesn’t have the recent ones, that is a red flag that company is not in business. If reviews are only 5+, that is also a red flag, a lot of company pay external services to write fake reviews.
- Quote estimate
After first 2 steps, you end up with 3-4 companies. Before requesting an estimate, make sure that you give a moving company as much information as possible. Use a moving checklist to keep track of all information that you need to give to a moving company. Request a quote from multiple companies, don’t just trust ones with lower prices. It’s an estimate, so final prices may vary.
- Licensed and Insured
Professional and reliable companies are insured. The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issues a U.S. DOT number to licensed interstate movers. If you’re moving out of state, verify the moving company’s license through the FMCSA’s protectyourmove.gov site and request the company’s U.S. DOT number. You can find a list of local agencies through the FMCSA’s contacts database.