There are many factors to consider when moving house. You’ll need to gather packing supplies, pack up a mountain of personal items, and work out the logistics. On top of all that, you’re going to want to hire a stellar moving company to take your belongings to their new destination.
The right moving company won’t just do all the heavy lifting for you; they’ll also help everything run smoothly and save you valuable time so you can focus on other important things on moving day.
Here are four things to look for to make sure you hire a reputable moving company.
1. Look for Good Reviews
One of the best ways to start your search is by reading online reviews of moving services. Generally, people leave reviews of moving companies for one of two reasons – either they’ve had an excellent experience with the company or a particularly bad one.
A quick Google search with the search terms “moving companies near me” should generate enough results to start with. Go through each local company and look for the reviews.
2. Get Recommendations
If you’re unhappy with all the Google results and reviews for moving companies in your area, ask friends and family for recommendations.
Chances are you know quite a few people who have used a professional moving company when they moved house – reach out to them and ask whether the company they used gave them good service. It’s also possible that someone you know had an extremely bad experience with a moving company that gets fantastic reviews online or vice versa. Asking people about moving companies is an excellent way to narrow down your search.
3. Look for a Successful Track Record
While supporting new, local businesses can give them a much-needed boost, going with a company that has only been operating for a short time can be risky. You should rather look for a company with at least a few years of experience.
With the information you’ve already found online when you searched for moving company reviews, you should be able to get a good idea of the company’s track record for affordability, punctuality, and the safety of people’s transported belongings. If you don’t have any glowing recommendations from people you know about new moving companies, choose one with a proven track record of happy customers over time.
4. Make Sure They Are Licensed and Insured
An important thing to remember when deciding on a moving company is to never hire one that’s not licensed and insured. Any old Joe can purchase a moving truck and call themselves a moving company – so only go with one that takes legal liability for your property.
Interstate movers must register with the U.S. Department of Transportation and receive a unique USDOT number. Make sure the professional moving company you choose is registered and has a USDOT number by checking on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration page of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s website.
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