1.Choose between professional movers or friends & family
If you have a group of trusted friends and family (and they have trucks) you may be able to handle a small move yourself. However, if you are moving valuables such as antiques, computers, or just irreplaceable items, we suggest that you hire professional local movers with the training and experience to move your items with care.
Long distance moves should always be in the hands of professional movers.
2. Get more than one moving estimate
Different movers will offer a variety of moving services, and the first mover you call may not offer the best pricing or services you will need. Always compare prices. Try to get a moving quote from at least 3 local moving companies.
If you have a large home and plan to move an excess of items, your movers may need to visit your home before they are able to estimate your move. Let your potential movers know if you will need additionsl items or services in order to provide an accurate quote.
Will you need:
- Packing materials (boxes, tape, packing paper, mattress bags)
- Moving materials
- Moving insurance
3. Research your movers
Lowest price should never be the only criteria when hiring movers.
- Make sure they are licensed
- Discover how long they have been in business
- Use their DOT Number to review their carrier snapshot on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website
- Read reviews left by customers
- Visit the company website and social media for signs of reputability
4. Decide if you want to purchase insurance
Accidents happen, and you need to decide if you want to be covered should anything happen to your items during your move. Ask your movers what type of insurance that offer.
Learn more about valuation coverage.
5. Have answers for your movers
Once you have found the perfect movers spend some time thinking about the logistics of your move. Having the answers to the following questions will help create a smooth move on moving day.
- What day and time do you want your movers to arrive?
- Would you like boxes put in certain rooms? (if yes you will need your boxes to be labeled, and you will need a way to explain the room layout)
- Will stairs or elevators be involved in the move?