You’ll want to hire good movers to make sure your move goes well. With these tips, it should be a little bit easier.
Check the mover.
Make sure that the mover is registered and has insurance. FMCSA requires interstate movers to have a USDOT number. Different rules apply to moves within a state. You can ask your state, county, or local consumer affairs agency or your state attorney general. You can also use the FMCSA database search tool or call the Better Business Bureau or consumer protection agencies. Associations like the American Moving and Storage Association can also give you a list of movers you can trust.
Ask your family and friends for suggestions. Check the references for a Residential moving company. Tell them you want a list of three customers from your area who moved in the last three months. Call those customers and ask them straight questions about what happened.
Read the booklet “Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move” and get a few quotes. This book also tells you what to do if your things get lost or broken during the move. Ask the mover questions, too (more on that below).
Make a complete list of what you’re moving.
A reputable Residential Moving Company near you will do a thorough inventory of all your belongings, either in person or through a virtual survey. This means you have to look in every room and every place you keep things, like closets, drawers, garages, and bookcases. If you are moving anything from an outdoor space, it should also be on the list. This is because the estimate from the moving company is mostly based on how much your stuff weighs and how much space it will take up in the truck.
Get a quote in writing.
Compare several estimates from different moving companies. As we’ve already said, the estimate should be based on a real inspection of your household goods. We suggest getting estimates from at least three different moving companies.
Advice on how to avoid moving scams
Some of the most common moving scams you might encounter are:
The hostage situation is when a mover won’t give you back your things until you pay double or triple the amount you were originally quoted.
Bait and switch is when a mover changes your moving plans at the last minute and ends up charging you a lot more than you agreed to.
Outrageous delivery charges are when a mover adds extra costs for no reason and makes you pay more to get your things back.
Late delivery: The mover doesn’t give you your things on time, or worse, they never give them to you.
Reckless abandonment is when the mover takes your money up front, shuts down, and leaves your stuff behind.