A couple moving company in to a new home and sitting on floor among cardboard boxes.Moving to a new home can be an exciting time but also a stressful one. One notable worry during the process comes from dealing with the moving company. Hiring movers means putting your life – or at least the material portion – in the care of strangers. With the right movers, you may scarcely have to lift a finger while your possessions are expertly spirited away to your new home. With the wrong movers, you could be left grappling with delays, a hefty bill or damaged, lost or stolen possessions. Here’s how to help ensure that the mover you choose will make your move a great one.  

Ensure they’re insured (and licensed)

Moving may not be rocket science, but transporting heavy, fragile or expensive items and operating commercial vehicles is no cakewalk either. Your mover of choice should be licensed and insured, and they should be happy to provide proof and details when requested. If your move is crossing state lines, you can make sure your mover’s license and insurance with the U.S. Department of Transportation are in order by looking them up here.

Research reviews

There are ample online resources available for viewing reviews of movers in your area. Yelp and Google Maps are two popular options that don’t require any registration. Check the overall star rating of each company as well as the total number of reviews (more is better), then narrow your search by reading or skimming some of the individual reviews themselves.

Opt for the in-house estimate

A crucial part of pricing your move is estimating the quantity of possessions you have to move and how much time is needed to load them. This is especially tricky since it can be very tough to visualize how everything you own will look when packed away. At a minimum, the mover should provide a questionnaire to learn the size of your home and any notable larger items that need to be moved. However, for the most accurate estimate, the mover should offer to have an employee perform a walkthrough of your home to inventory your belongings.

Don’t pick on price alone

Price is an important consideration in any purchase, but don’t choose a mover simply because they’re the cheapest. A mover may need to cut corners to come in at the lowest price, such as relying on undependable scheduling, lackluster employees, rushed work or inadequate equipment. The “cheap” option may even end up costing more if a cut-rate company drags out the length of the move, hits you with extra fees or causes damage to your belongings. Whatever the price, learn whether your quote is an estimate or a binding contract and what overages or additional fees can apply.

Finding the right movers may feel like as much work as the move itself, but choosing a solid company should be well worth the effort. When a team of seasoned movers have expertly shepherded your belongings to their final destination without incident, you’ll be glad you took the time to do it right.