Finding a local moving company to get your belongings from point A to point B may seem as easy as a quick online search, but you’ll want to make sure you choose a company that will deliver on its promises and take good care of your belongings throughout the process. Here’s what to look for in a moving company:
1. Good Reputation
During the research phase of selecting a mover, you’ll want to compile as much information as possible on at least three moving companies. Getting recommendations from friends, family members, and coworkers and also reading online reviews will provide a well-rounded picture of the moving company you’re considering.
Personal recommendations from friends aren’t always possible but checking with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and the American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA) are other ways to determine whether or not a moving company is reputable.
2. Licenses and Insurance
Once you’ve narrowed it down to a few companies with good reviews, it’s time to check into licensing and insurance. An in-state move will only require licensing for that specific state.
You can verify that the movers are insured, and you can find that information in the DOT database. Any company that’s not licensed and insured cannot be trusted to transport your belongings safely.
For additional insurance coverage, check with your own insurance company to determine whether your renters or homeowner’s policy will cover your belongings during the move. Doing this will help you decide whether you’ll need any supplemental insurance.
3. All Necessary Certifications
In addition to licensing and insurance information, there are other certifications a moving company needs in order to operate legally. Although you can verify a mover’s certificates yourself, a reputable company should be able to provide this documentation upon request and even offer it without you asking. One way or the other, you’ll need to see proof that your moving company has the following certifications:
- Licensing by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA)
- Pro-Mover Certification from the American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA)
- Department of Transportation (DOT) Licenses
4. In-Home or Video Estimates
Some customers prefer the convenience of an over-the-phone quote, and we get it. This kind of quote saves time and can work for small, straightforward moves. Many companies, including MoveDay, have an estimator tool that gives you the option of obtaining a quick estimate over the phone. We can then book your move instantly with a deposit.
With a larger move, though, an in-home or video estimate is recommended to ensure that you get an accurate quote. A side benefit of obtaining an in-home or virtual quote is that both of those options allow you to meet the person in charge of facilitating your move. During this estimate, your moving coordinator will explain more about the moving process, and that same person will stay in contact with you every step of the way.
While choosing a reputable mover will require some legwork on your part, a successful, stress-free move will be worth the extra time and effort you will spend on reading reviews, checking credentials, and getting quotes.
Contact us today with any questions and to schedule a free moving estimate.