Moving to a new place can be stressful, but the complications of working with a moving company can be greatly reduced by keeping these tips in mind.
Step 1: Look for a moving company Look for movers well before your move. Concentrate on companies that are accredited members of a moving association or trade body. Ask for recommendations from family, friends, or realtors. Ask the potential movers for referrals.
TIP: Plan to have a moving company lined up to help you 1 to 2 months before your moving day.
Step 2: Ask for a quote Call the mover and ask for a quote, but don't accept a quote over the phone. The only meaningful quote comes after an in-house inspection.
Step 3: Have a checklist ready Show the moving company representative everything you want them to move at the time of the inspection. Have a checklist ready detailing all the things you want the mover to do.
Step 4: Get several quotes Get two to three quotes from moving companies, and make sure you understand what the quotes cover. Check the moving company's inventory list for accuracy.
TIP: Toss out any low-ball quotes. If one offer is totally out of the range of the others, chances are it is too good to be true.
Step 5: Check the mover's license Check that the mover is licensed. Also consult the Better Business Bureau to see whether there are any unresolved complaints against it.
FACT: A 2004 U.S. Department of Transportation and FBI investigation found fraudulent moving companies trying to extort money from customers by holding their goods hostage until the customers paid additional fees.