How to Choose a Moving Company
One of the more stressful experiences you’ll have in your life is moving. Choosing the wrong moving company will make this challenging task even more stressful for you. This is something you probably already realize as you’ve more than likely heard about several horrific moving stories (e.g., stolen items, broken belongings). Therefore, you don’t want to leave anything up to chance here. Fortunately, there are some steps that you can take to ensure that you hire a responsible company that you can rely on to get you through your move. Here are a few of the things you’ll want to do to ensure that this happens.
Decide what type of moving company you need.
Every moving company has something that it specializes in, whether it be local or interstate moves or moving delicate items (e.g., safes, pianos). To determine what you need, you’ll need to start by evaluating the scope of your move. There are some questions that you’ll want to ask yourself here, as their answers will help you determine which moving company is right for you. These include:
- Is the move interstate or local?
- Are there any items that need special equipment or skill for moving? This includes things like pianos, hot tubes, and pool tables.
- Do you need any other related services (e.g., packing, cleaning up, trash removal)?
Find some moving companies to evaluate.
Once you know what you need, you can do a simple Google search for movers, but you’ll want to make sure that you’re systematic with your search. This lets you easily compare and contrast the various movers you find. To do this, you’ll want to create a blank spreadsheet that you can fill with the information you find regarding each moving company you’re considering using. Some of the columns you’ll want to include are:
- Where did you find the mover? (e.g., Google, friend, Yelp)
- How long have they been in business?
- What locations do they service?
- Do they have any accreditations? (e.g., the American Moving and Storage Association certification)
- Are they licensed and insured?
Take some time to read online reviews.
One of the most important things to look for as you search for the right moving company to hire is good, honest reviews. You don’t ever want to choose a mover without reading through their reviews. You’ll want to look outside of the mover’s website for testimonials because the ones you find on their site could be fake. This step should help you narrow down your list to the top 5 contenders.
Ask the moving companies for estimates.
Once you have your list of 5 moving companies that you’re considering working with, it’s time to get at least three in-person estimates. This is something that you can’t do over the phone. It needs to be done in person so that your move is properly assessed based on the size of your home and the number of belongings you have.
When the moving company comes out to give you an estimate, it’s also an excellent time to ask about their insurance and licensing details. Before you make your final selection of movers, you’ll want to verify this information online. Make sure you also watch out for any red flags during this stage so that you safeguard yourself against any scams.
Once you see that 2 Guys and a Van in Chicago, IL, can fulfill all of your moving needs, we’ll provide you with everything on paper so that you have no surprises on the day of your move. Throughout the years, we’ve served many highly satisfied clients in this way, and we look forward to serving you, too, so book your move with us today.