It can be hard to find the right residential moving company. Most moving company complaints, according to the Better Business Bureau, were about lost or broken items. Other problems included charging for time that wasn’t worked, showing up late, and not sticking to estimates. Moving day is already stressful enough without your things showing up broken or with a bill you didn’t expect. To avoid this, you’ll need to check out any moving companies you might hire. It doesn’t take much longer and can save a lot of trouble. Here are easy steps for picking a Residential movers near you.
Get free moving quotes to start. Next, ask your friends, family, and coworkers to suggest a moving company. Ask the real estate agent you’re working with for a recommendation.
Look out for warning signs.
During the estimate, keep an eye out for red flags. For instance, most reputable moving companies won’t ask for a cash deposit before you move. If the mover seems desperate to get paid right away, it may not be a real business. Also, take note of how professional or unprofessional the movers seem during the estimate. If they are late, don’t seem sure of what they can do, or can’t answer your questions, you should look for another company.
Check to see that the mover has a license and insurance.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation gives a U.S. DOT number to licensed interstate movers. If you’re moving out of state, check the moving company’s license through the FMCSA’s protectyourmove.gov site and ask for the company’s U.S. DOT number. You’ll need it if you ever have to file a claim against the company.
See what the Better Business Bureau says.
You can look up the moving company’s track record with the BBB online for free. Stick with moving companies that have a good rating or are BBB-accredited. If the moving company isn’t on the BBB’s list, you might want to find one that is.
Ask about certification for your job
Before giving a company a membership or an approved seal, trade associations check out the business. Look for a moving company that has the proMover logo from the American Moving and Storage Association. You can also use the Moving.org site of the American Moving and Storage Association to look for companies that have been approved.
Check out the address.
Ask for a business card or go to the mover’s website. Then, look up the address listed on the card or website or in the phone book. Make sure the address of the moving company is listed and registered with the company’s name. Be wary of any address that has a name of a person living there.