Not only is moving a big chore, but it’s also really expensive. The average cost for full service movers is $2,300. That number can jump to $5,700 if you’re moving out of state. That’s why it’s important for you to make sure you’re investing money into the best moving company.
To find the best, you need to do your research before choosing a moving company. Taking the time to research multiple options will ensure you a smooth moving experience with a credible company. Fortunately, you can easily search for movers in your area online.
Here’s how you can choose the right moving company.
Read Online Reviews and Complaints
When you’re searching online, the first thing you should look for in a company is the reviews. It isn’t worth exploring their prices if the company has a ton of bad reviews online. Reading the good and bad experiences that previous customers had will give you an idea of what your experience with the company will be like.
Make sure to go beyond the company’s testimonials on its website and read other reviews online to get unbiased opinions. You can also consult the Better Business Bureau to learn more about the company’s practices and overall reliability.
Ask Around for Referrals
In addition to online reviews, you may want to ask someone you know for a referral. Ask them about a moving company they used in the past. You’ll get an instant review from someone you trust without needing to search the Internet. Alternatively, you can learn which business to avoid if they had a bad experience with a certain moving company.
Your real estate agent might also be able to point you in the right direction for local companies.
Check Company Licensing and Insurance
Verifying a company’s credentials is an important part of hiring a company.
For starters, you need to ensure a mover has a number issued by the Department of Transportation. It’s a licence that allows commercial vehicles to haul cargo in interstate commerce and it should be posted on their website. They should also have a carrier number from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
It’s important to make sure your moving company is properly certified, especially if you’re moving out of state. Take your research one step further and see if your mover went through the American Moving & Storage Association’s ProMover program, a certification that requires them to meet high association standards.
Get Multiple Estimates
You should get at least three in-home estimates before choosing a moving company. You can determine whether or not a company is legit if the estimate is unusually low or if they do not send a representative to give you a quote.
Also avoid choosing a company that requires a large deposit. The deposit shouldn’t be more than 20 percent of the moving cost. Plus, many companies won’t require a fee until your things are delivered.
Top Moving Companies
There are plenty of moving companies to choose from. Some have become top movers in the business and are worth considering.
Here are three long-distance moving companies that have been well reviewed online.
International Van Lines
Since opening for business in 2000, International Van Lines has been named Consumers Advocate “Best Moving Company” for three years in a row. It’s a licenced long-distance mover that has a calculator on its website to help you get an estimate.
Allied Van Lines
This company has made more than 750,000 moves in the U.S. over 15 years. It has 24 hour customer service and a 96 percent satisfaction rate.
You can hire Allied Van Lines for local or long distance moves.
PODS is a budget-friendly and no-contact service. This means that PODS will load on your schedule and drop your property off, allowing you to keep it on your property or a local storage center for as long as you need.
Choose between seven, 12, or 16 foot containers depending on the size of your haul.
Search Online for Local Moving Companies
Before considering big companies you find on the Internet, look into local companies that operate near you. This can prevent you from being scammed by a distant online company. Have a representative come into your home for an estimate and even visit their office to check out its equipment.
Make sure to compare at least three companies before settling on a mover. Compare the company’s reviews, whether they will pack and move your supplies, and other services being offered. This will allow you to keep your options open and find a company that offers the most value.