So the time has come. You are making plans to move into that new apartment, buy your first home, upgrade to the townhome with a garage, or downsize due to your recent empty nest situation. Regardless of the circumstances, you have probably thought about hiring out the heavy lifting to professional movers. In addition to setting aside the needed funds to pay for moving help, you want to hire the right people to do the job. Below we have listed 5 ways to find good movers to hire:
- Ask for recommendations from friends and family members about their experience with a local mover they have hired in the past. Find out if the pricing was fair, if there were any damages and how they were handled by the company, as well as how they liked the movers that actually came out to complete the job.
- Call the local Better Business Bureau (BBB) or visit their website to check reliability ratings of local moving companies. Here you will find reliability reports for all moving companies that are BBB accredited businesses as well as those that are not. Accredited businesses have agreed to maintain the BBB’s accreditation standards to include advertising honestly, being responsive, telling the truth, safeguarding customers’ private information, and also making a good faith effort to resolve any consumer complaints.
- Contact your local Chamber of Commerce if you are fairly new to an area and ask for their directory listing of local movers as well as recommendations from personal experiences from within the chamber offices.
- Visit the Department of Transportation’s “Company Snapshot” page and enter the name or DOT number for the moving companies you are considering. This snapshot will show their basic contact information, the company’s licensing details, and their safety rating as far as drivers and inspections are concerned. This website also links to another page that shows the status of each company’s insurance policies and amounts of coverage.
- After you have compiled a list of prospective moving companies from your research, start making phone calls and ASK THEM QUESTIONS! The types of companies you want to do business with are the ones who are knowledgeable, patient, and willing to answer any questions you may have about any aspect of your move – pricing, moving day/scheduling, insurance, etc. On the other hand, if the person handling your call gives you a pushy sales pitch or becomes irritated with your long list of questions; don’t waste your time with them. Just move on to the next local mover on your list who really wants to help you during one of the most stressful experiences in life = moving your entire earthly possessions from one place to another!