With thousands of moving companies in the United States, it can be difficult to know which mover is the best fit for you. Not only do you want to choose a moving company that is within your budget, but you also want to know that your movers truly care about you and your belongings. To ensure you will receive the best service and value for your relocation, check out these tips on how to choose a moving company.
1. Ask For Referrals
The best way to find quality movers is to ask your family, friends, realtors, and coworkers about their past experiences with moving companies. Through your personal connections, you will be able to hear honest opinions about their experiences. If you do not know anyone who has moved recently, read online reviews. Social media profiles and review websites, like Google, are a good resource to learn about experiences that other customers have had with the moving companies that you are interviewing.
2. Do Your Research
To avoid being scammed by a mover, check each company’s Better Business Bureau accreditation. Research their rating and how the company addresses any complaints on file. A reliable moving company will operate with honest and good business practices when issues do arise during a relocation. Furthermore, look for a moving company with a ProMover certification through the Moving & Storage Conference of the American Trucking Association, previously the American Moving & Storage Association. According to www.moving.org, “The ProMover program promotes ethical principles and practices in the moving and storage industry and works to mitigate unethical practices by awarding the certification to those companies who have proven themselves, while at the same time separating professional movers from rogue operators masquerading as legitimate movers.”
3. Know Your Budget
Moving can be an expensive process. Therefore, it is important to find a company that can provide you with the services you need that are within your budget. Ask your movers about opportunities to save money. Some moving companies will offer free, used moving boxes, real estate agent referral programs, small shipment options, and other industry tips to save on your move.
4. Get an Estimate
Do not choose a moving company without an in-home or virtual survey. Reputable movers will want to see what you are moving in order to provide you a thorough estimate. We recommend getting at least three estimates, so you can compare overall pricing, rate structure, and services being offered.
5. Be Aware of Rogue Movers
There are countless stories of dishonest movers taking advantage of their customers. Be alert and know how to recognize an illegitimate moving company. For example, trustworthy movers should never require a cash payment or deposit before the move. In addition, verify the moving company has a physical address and a working website. Lastly, confirm the movers are licensed and insured by validating their U.S. DOT number with The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
When it comes time to move, trust the professional local and long-distance movers at Fry-Wagner Relocation & Logistics. Our background-checked staff is taught industry best practices, and we have been recognized on a local and national level for our commitment to quality. Fry-Wagner is a proud Better Business Bureau TORCH Award winner for providing quality services. Contact us today to schedule your free, no-obligation, in-home move estimate!