Hiring the right moving company can be key to having a stress free moving day. But it can be difficult to know where to start and what to look for in a moving company. Starting your search a month in advance of your move will give you plenty of time to be fully prepared for the big day.

Researching Moving Companies

The best place to start is to ask your friends and family for referrals. Have they used a company that made their move a breeze? Was there a certain company that turned their moving day into a nightmare? After you have asked around, performing an online search will be the next piece of the puzzle. You can look for online reviews of moving companies, and also look at specific company’s websites. Their website should let you know how many years they have been in business and some general information about rates and procedures. Also, search the American Moving and Storage Association’s Promover list. This will help you determine if you are dealing with a reputable business.

License and Insurance

It is imperative that you hire a moving company that is licensed and insured. You want to know that you are working with a legitimate business. You will also want to know that the business will he held responsible for any damage to your property. Ask potential movers to see a copy of their insurance policy. Moving.com is a great resource. Check their Moving Company Directory for a list of licensed moving companies.

Getting a Quote

Now that you have your list narrowed down, it’s time to make some calls. You will want a moving company that is willing to come to your house or apartment and give you a customized quote. Do not accept a quote over the phone. A moving company should be willing to give a quote in person. They will want to do a walk through in order to see what is being moved. Do they have the necessary moving equipment? Moving companies come in different shapes and sizes. You want to be sure that the company can accommodate all of your items and move them safely.

Hidden Fees

During your walk through is a good time to ask questions about the company’s fees. If you are packing your things, there should be a price for that. If the moving company is packing for you, there will be a different rate. If that is the case, you will want to ask about the cost of packing materials. Are there fees for moving a multi-level home? what is their cancellation policy? Always read your contract carefully before signing anything!