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Sifting Out the Moving Companies

Aug 11, 2008
The most common thing to do when moving is to open the phone book and look under Movers in the yellow pages. Then you notice all the moving company ads and know it will take time to pick the right one. When looking at moving companies, as with other service providers, picking one which bests fits your need is crucial. But how do you do this?

What Is Your Need?

You must understand your needs and concerns when contacting the various moving companies. A checklist of quick tips might help prepare you for when you contact the moving companies around you.

Have ready a list of large items and an estimated number of boxes to move; think of everything you are moving.

- Get a general idea for a moving day.
- Know which room items are in and how many rooms they fill.
- Know the distance, time frame, and storage needs of the move.

All Types of Movers

Moving companies are like doctors. There are specialized moving companies for certain types of moving and there are general movers with many services.

This list gives you an idea of various moving companies that may operate in your area.

1. Commercialized moving - these guys handle the corporate moves
2. Localized moving - these guys move you across town
3. Interstate moving - these guys move you from region to region or another country.
4. Relocating Agency - these guys have storage facilities and other additional services.
5. Pack and Stack - these guys pack it all up and place it in storage for you.

Red Flags Go Up When:

With moving companies, you will find different and similar ways of business. It is the differences which need a closer look.

- There isn't enough insurance for damage during transport.
- You find a mover who quotes far lower rates than the competition.
- You can't get the quote in writing.
- You keep finding similar complaints against the mover.
- You need a deposit or cash for the movers.

More General Tips

We've covered the various kinds of moving companies, and the dangerous signals to watch for. There are also some general tips to use when seeking out and using the moving company you chose.

1. Begin to look into various companies six weeks before you move.
2. Have a cost overrun limit placed into the quote to save money.
3. Ask for references from people who have dealt with movers before.
4. Have at least four movers provide written estimates.
5. When you move be sure to have the numbers from the truck driver's license, license plate, and his cell phone in case of problems.
6. Get insurance for anything valuable or irreplaceable.

Shifting through moving companies can be a pain. Since you are handing over everything you own to strangers, you must understand the importance of being ready for moving day.
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