Choosing a Mover

The single most important factor for the success of your move is choosing a quality moving company. Most people are intimidated by the process because it seems complicated, and they make rash decisions that turn out to be wrong. We'll give you a list of things to look for to ensure you get the best mover for your job.

  • Pick a mover is locally based or has a local agent, and only use one that comes out to your home to give you an "in-home" visual survey of what you need moved. This is the only way you'll get accurate moving quotes for your move, and it's also a good way to weed out rogue moving companies.
  • Avoid Internet-based moving brokers, which simply hand your move over to a different company -- a company you know nothing about.
  • Don't go for the low bid. This is a sure-fire way to have a bad experience. What happens is that they bid low to win your business, and then make up for it later by socking you with a bunch of extra charges, or they claim you're moving more than you said you were going to move.
  • Check your moving company's license. If you are moving within the state, check the moving authorities in your state. If it's long-distance moving, make sure the moving company is licensed by the Federal Department of Transportation -- this article explains what you should look for.
  • Check with the Better Business Bureau for numerous unresolved complaints, and also read online reviews. Ask for references, particularly business references that use the company on a recurring basis.
  • Check out the mover's place of business – you'll want to see trucks with the moving company's name, and you'll want to see what kind of operation they run. The better the operation looks, the better the chance you'll get a quality move.