If you’re planning on moving soon, you’ll need to hire a reputable moving company. While it is possible to DIY your move, it’s not recommended. Moving by yourself is a major hassle, and moving furniture and heavy boxes is easier said than done. If your budget allows for it, it’s a better idea to hire a professional moving company.
Unfortunately, moving scams are surprisingly common, so it’s important to find local movers who have a good reputation and are properly licensed. These tips can help you find a great local moving company.
1) Ask around in your network.
Word of mouth is a coveted, but hard to get, form of marketing, because it has to be legitimately earned through exceptional service. One of the best ways to find a great moving company is to ask people you know for a recommendation. Chances are you have a friend, neighbor, or co-worker who can recommend someone.
2) Look up moving companies on the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) website.
Interstate movers are regulated by the US DOT. They maintain an online database of moving companies, which lets you see their previous consumer complaints and safety performance records. You can view their US Department of Transportation (USDOT) number to verify that they’re registered with the federal government. You can also look up the company on other resources like the Better Business Bureau.
3) Get estimates from more than one moving company.
Shady or illegitimate moving companies often give suspiciously low estimates, but if you’re not even sure how much your move should cost, you may not realize that you’ve been given a low-ball quote. It’s a good idea to get estimates from more than one moving company, to get a better idea of reasonable pricing.
4) Don’t go with the lowest bidder.
It’s natural to look around for the best deal, but an abnormally low estimate can be a sign that something’s not right. It could be that the company doesn’t do good work, or it could even be a scam where they’ll bill you for a lot more on moving day. Normally, your final cost won’t be more than 110% of your original non-binding estimate, but some companies will pull a bait-and-switch that lures you in with a lowball estimate.