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Weeding Through the Moving Companies

Aug 11, 2008
When it comes time to move from one place to another, most people open the phone book to the Movers section in the yellow pages. Realization hits that there many moving services and picking one will take time.

Moving companies are like any other service provider; you must shop around to find the best one for your needs. How is this done?

Know Your Need

When shopping the various moving companies, it helps to know your needs and concerns. Here is a quick checklist of recommended items to have before calling any moving companies.

Know what you have to move; make a list of big items and a guess of how many boxes there will be.

1.Have a good idea of your moving date.

2. Know how many rooms there are, and where everything is at.

3. Know your travel distance, storage needs, and time frame.

Types of Moving Companies

Moving companies come in many shapes and sizes. Some movers specialize in certain types of moving while others provide a wide range of services. Here is a short list of the different types of moving companies.

Interstate movers - these movers move people across state lines or internationally.

Commercial movers - these typically do not handle household or smaller moves.

Local movers - this type of mover may not handle moves out of town.

Relocation service - this mover will usually have storage facilities and provide other added services.

Pack and Stack - these type of moving companies will pack up everything and place it into storage until you need it.

Red Flags for Movers

When you start your search through the different moving companies you will come across many similarities, and many differences. Some of these differences you must look out for.

-The mover does not carry adequate insurance to cover loses in transit.
-The mover gives a quote hundreds of dollars lower than the rest.
-The mover asks for partial payment upfront or payment in cash.
-The mover refuses to provide a written quote.
-The mover has multiple complaints for similar situations.

General Rules to Follow

Now that you know what types of moving companies are available, and what danger signs to look for, you should know a few general guidelines which can help in finding and dealing with a chosen moving agent.

Start looking for a mover at least six weeks before you need them.

-Get written estimates from four or more moving agents
-Get a cost overrun limit in writing
-Get references for each mover you approach.
-On the day of the move, get the driver's license number, plate number from the truck, and a cell phone number to contact the driver.
-If you have many valuable things, get insurance.

Shopping for moving companies can be frustrating; you need to understand the importance of the event. You are entrusting everything you own to unknown people. Are you ready?
About the Author
Here at DaMovers.com, finding a reliable mover let alone Moving Companies is not very difficult however selecting a good Movers is. By comparing many Moving Estimate & services first can actually save you a bundle of money and stress down the road.
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