The thought of a move can be overwhelming as there are many steps that go into planning. Hiring the right moving company that is reputable and offers the services that you require is essential to make the day go as smooth as possible. There are many moving companies that are in business today so how do you go about selecting the right one? Here are some tips on how to do your research.
Licensing and Legitimacy. The very first thing you will want to research is the firm’s legal status. Any company can claim that they are licensed and bonded, but do your homework to confirm the facts prior to hiring them.
Local Relocation. The Department of Transportation will typically govern local moves. Contacting them is always a good idea as they can help with providing information on moving companies.
Interstate Relocation. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) provides permits to companies that do interstate moves. Their Safety and Fitness Electronic Records System website gives you the ability to research the status of a licensed and insured company.
Overseas Relocation. Be sure that the firm you select is certified by the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC). This is an essential certification for these larger moves.
Reputation. Once the legitimacy has been confirmed about your mover of choice, you will then want to check their reviews for reputation. Getting reviews from friends and family is always helpful, but you may want to go further and research more online. See what others are saying for all types of moves with this company. Always keep in mind that some clients can be picky so look for commonalities in any negative reviews. Seeing how the company responds is always a good indication of their customer service.
Additional Services. Once you have confirmed the reputation and legal status, you will then want to be sure that the firm offers the services that you are in need of. For example, do you need your home professionally cleaned after the move or might you need temporary or long term storage? Research all of these offerings before making your final selection.
Warning Signs. Not all movers who are “in business” are legitimate or have a good reputation. If you are unable to locate a physical location for the company then that is a bad sign. Other red flags include not being able to receive a written estimate after the home visit or obtaining either a drastically low or high quote for the move. Any of these may mean that you will want to find another company.
In the end, the more homework that you do for researching a mover, the better chance you will have for a positive experience on moving day.