By Keith Loria
Finding a moving company can be a challenging proposition, especially if you wait until the last minute. Therefore, it’s important to do your research early on so that you have a reliable company at the ready when moving day arrives.
If moving day is looming, and you still haven’t chosen a moving company, start by getting recommendations from your agent or friends who have recently moved. Chances are, if they’ve had a good experience with a mover, they’re probably reliable.
It’s also a good idea to get at least three estimates before making a final decision. Moving can be expensive, and you’ll be amazed at the price fluctuations between various companies. When it comes to price, keep in mind that moving companies also charge differently (by weight or space) and that the total price can go up, so be sure to compare your top choices based on what the highest price may be.
You’ll also want to determine whether insurance is included, the cost of gas, how much storage may be (if you need a little time before you move into your new place) and how long it will take to get from your current location to your new space, as all of these factors can weigh on your final decision.
Before choosing one company over another, have each company send an estimator out to your home. Once there, show the estimator everything you plan to bring. And don’t forget to include any items that may be stored in the attic, the basement, the garage or even outside. If the movers show up for moving day and there’s more to transport than they expected, it could cost you extra money.
In addition, be sure to tell your mover about any conditions at your new home that might complicate the move, such as stairs, narrow streets or a large distance from curb to door.
To check out if your moving company is reliable, visit the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (safersys.org) and enter the company’s USDOT number to read the latest information reported. Be sure to check that the name, phone number and address that you were given match those on record.
You can also check the Better Business Bureau at bbb.org or read Yelp reviews to see what others say.
For those moving to another state, ask if the moving company will give you a written binding estimate or a binding not-to-exceed estimate. Both types of estimates put a guaranteed cap on what you will pay for your move, which will give you some needed peace of mind.
Remember, every moving company is required by law to provide you with a “Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move” booklet, so if they don’t have that to offer, chances are you’ll want to look into another company.
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