Tips for Hiring a Mover or Moving Company

| October 5, 2012

antigues and moving company Moving can be all-consuming and stressful, especially if you have a family. Hiring a moving company can ease that burden and free you up to handle other tasks. It does take some planning and research. Read through these tips and don’t forget to start your search for moving companies at DexKnows.

Plan early and thoroughly

If at all possible, hiring a mover isn’t something to rush. The Better Business Bureau recommends planning at least six to eight weeks before you move so you have time to find and hire a reliable mover.

As you get referrals from friends and look through DexKnows, check with the Better Business Bureau to see if a mover is reputable or has any complaints against it. You may also want to search for BBB-accredited moving companies. You should call at least three moving companies to get estimates. Ask for printed or emailed copies of estimates rather than estimates over the phone. If an estimator comes by your house, make sure to show everything you plan to have moved.

Talk insurance

Insurance should be among the top issues to address with potential movers. Ask what insurance the mover carries. The Better Business Bureau says to ask movers about how they handle complaints if there is any damage to your items. Consumers may be able to buy extra liability coverage if needed.

You may also want to check with the insurance agent who handles your property insurance to see if your coverage handles moving. Your agent may be able to recommend additional coverage.

Take inventory

Make a thorough list of your items before you talk to the mover. Sometimes, the moving company or a representative will make an onsite visit to do an inventory. In any case, you should have a list so the mover has an idea of what the move will involve and can give you as accurate of an estimate as possible. Also, be sure to note whether you have any antiques or valuables that need special handling, and whether you will want the movers to do any packing.

Swap paperwork

The Better Business Bureau cautions that there are numerous scam artists in the moving industry. It suggests asking for documentation and permits that prove the company is a reputable moving company legally permitted to operate, especially if you plan on crossing state lines.

You also want to give them any information you can. Prepare a map of how to get to your new destination and share it with your mover. Give the moving company any information you can of the layout of both your present location and your destination. This will help the mover prepare for any potential issues, including tight squeezes.

Packing

Be sure to label the contents of each box. Mark the boxes of essentials that you will need right away in your new place. The movers will make sure those are the last on, first off.

Moving day

If possible, take any valuables and important documents with you rather than including them in the move.

Be there to watch the packing and unpacking and make sure any items that are damaged are marked down and acknowledged by the mover.

ApartmentTherapy.com suggests having bottled water available for your movers. Relocation.com has tips on tipping the movers after a job well done.

Following these tips can help make your move a more productive and calm endeavor. Remember, you can start your search for moving companies at DexKnows movers.

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