Things to look for in a moving company

Make sure you follow this list of things to look for in a moving company. All of our moving partners match these specifications listed.

Moving inventory

A reputable moving company will take inventory of all your belongings and determine the bulk and weight of your move. The estimator should be thorough and check all of your storage places such as cupboards, drawers, garages and bookcases. A large component of the mover’s price is based on the weight of your stuff and the space your goods take up in the truck. Be sure you understand this estimate and that it is as accurate as possible.

Get a thorough walk-through

An estimator who performs a quick walk-through without noting what you plan to move is going to be off the mark. A good estimator will ask questions about what you plan to take from your current house to your next home. So, be sure you are prepared to tell the estimator which items you don’t want on the truck—the items you plan to give away, donate to a charity, sell in a yard sale, or leave behind for the new owners.

Don’t pay a large deposit

Reputable movers won’t demand cash or a large deposit before moving. You should only pay upon delivery. If you pay in advance, you have no control over when you will see your belongings again. When you do pay, use a credit card to help protect you from possible fraudulent activity.

Avoid packing costs

If you pack your belongings yourself, the mover generally isn’t responsible for damage to them. However, if you have your mover do the packing, you may pay inflated prices for boxes and packing materials, not to mention time and labor. If you decide to have the movers pack, ask about the packers’ experience. Most packers are  careful, but you want to avoid the chance of getting someone who tosses whatever they can into a box and then seals it up with little regard for breakage.

Avoid a blank moving contract

Never sign a blank contract. Get absolutely everything in writing. The mover’s estimate and any extra fees should be listed, as well as your pick-up and delivery dates. Read your contract and make sure all of your belongings are listed. If your laptop isn’t labeled on the inventory form you sign before the driver leaves, you can’t expect it to be in the box when he arrives. You can’t file a claim for something that doesn’t appear on the inventory list.

Ask these questions that will help you be more confident in choosing a moving company

  • Are you bonded licensed and insured?
  • Is packing included in my estimate and are there any separate costs for materials?
  • Are my items covered in event of damage or breakage?
  • Do you employ full time movers or hire temporary help?
  • Does your company carry workers compensation on the employees?
  •  Is there anything not covered in the estimate?
  • How many employees will arrive on moving day?
  • How many hours will the move take?
  • Are their any items you will not take as plants or valuables?
  • Do dresser drawers need to be emptied?
  • Do you have a cancellation policy in event of a change?
  • Do you require any deposit before the move?