It can be challenging to find the perfect moving company. Each year, the Better Business Bureau receives 13,000 complaints regarding movers in the United States. According to the BBB, the majority of complaints arose from suspected missing or damaged property, charging for unworked hours, being late, and failing to honor estimates were also on the list. With the sheer number of moving companies available, sifting through the options alone can be intimidating, and research can be difficult due to the wide range of factors to consider. Here are a few tips on how to choose the right moving company for you:

Referrals

Begin by asking friends, relatives, and coworkers for recommendations for a moving company. If you’re working with a real estate agent, ask for a referral from them. If you don’t have any recommendations from friends or family, look for a list of reputable movers from organizations like the American Trucking Associations and state movers associations. Request recommendations from each mover you speak with. Tell them you’d need a list of three local customers who have moved in the last three months. Call those customers and inquire about their experience. 

Get Multiple Estimates

Getting estimates is a wonderful way to compare the prices of different moving companies. Most moving companies can give you an estimate after doing a survey. Traditionally, a representative will come into your home, but in-home surveys are not the only way to get a quote these days! Many moving companies can do a virtual survey which has become more popular in light of the pandemic. Either of these options is perfectly acceptable for getting an estimate. 

To acquire a moving quote, a professional will most likely conduct a visual inspection of your belongings and provide a pricing estimate. You can compare numerous estimates by scheduling them. A visual evaluation (in person or online) can prevent you from being surprised at the total cost and it helps the movers better prepare. Take the time to show the representative every item you want to be transported during the estimate. Don’t forget about things in the basement, attic, or storage. S&M Moving is proud to provide free estimates for all our customers!

Find Specialized Moving Companies

Consider whether you require any special furniture or moving services. Do you have any musical instruments that need to be moved, such as a piano? What about sports and gym equipment? Pool tables and barbecues are examples of recreational equipment. Typically, a company will highlight specialist skills on its website, but reviews are also an excellent source to learn about a moving company’s particular skills. 

Consider your specialized moving requirements and which company can best meet them. When trying to figure out how to choose a moving company that is right for you, this is vital.

Beware Of Scams

Did you know that every year, roughly 3,000 Americans are victims of moving fraud? Rogue operations frequently provide low first estimates before holding a victim’s belongings hostage until they get extra payments. Here are some tips for avoiding being the victim of moving fraud.

Make Sure the Mover Is Licensed and Insured

After you’ve researched possible movers’ reputations, estimates, and added-value services, you’ll want to do some additional research to make sure they’re legally able to relocate you from your old location to your new one. The Department of Transportation or the Public Utilities Commission must provide a license to a moving company.

Make a Secure Deposit

Before getting started, many moving companies will require a deposit. But be careful about just handing your movers cash without getting a receipt or proof that you paid money down. One of the most secure ways to pay is by credit card via an online portal. Many reputable moving companies have portals through their website that you can use to make an account and pay for services. The online portal can also allow you to track shipment progress while items are in transit so you can prepare for their arrival and be aware if there are any delays.    

Check With The BBB

Investigate the moving company’s track record with the Better Business Bureau (BBB), which you can do for free online. Stick with moving companies who are accredited by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) or have a good rating. If the Better Business Bureau doesn’t accredit the moving company, look for one that is.

Verify Addresses 

Request a business card or visit the mover’s website, and then look up the provided address in the phonebook or online. Verify if the moving company’s address is recorded and registered under the company’s name. Any address listed under a residential name should be avoided.

Ready To Hire A Moving Company?

Now that you know how to choose a moving company, you can hire professional movers with ease! S&M Moving Systems is a multi-location, full-service moving company. We began in Southern California and have now expanded to include facilities in Fremont, CA, Phoenix, AZ, and Portland, OR. 
S&M Moving Systems has continuously ranked among the top 10 agents both domestically and internationally since joining United Van Lines in 1974. S&M Moving Systems works with United Van Lines and uses their Shipment Tracking and secure Move Portal to easily help you track and streamline your moving experience. Visit our website to get a quote for all of your moving needs!