Picking the right mover is a critical step in any relocation whether commercial or residential, or whether you’re moving long distance or just to another part of the city. Your search will have to include more than a quick glance at the Yellow Pages or a quick Google search of the best moving companies in your area. But don’t worry. Just make sure you do the following:
- Try Getting a Referral. If you know anyone who’s moved recently, ask for their opinions. If you know a real estate agent, ask him or her for a referral.
- Look for Multiple Options. Don’t pick the first option you see. While you’re looking for movers, make sure that you have backup options just in case.
- Make Sure that Your Mover is Licensed. Before you settle in on a particular mover, check if the mover is licensed under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
- Do Not Take Estimates Over the Phone or Online. According to the Better Business Bureau and American Moving and Storage Association, “no legitimate mover will offer to give a firm estimate online or over the phone.” A mover’s estimate should only be based on actually looking at the goods to be moved.
- Look for Professional Accreditation. Trade associations carefully inspect companies they give them a membership seal. While appointing a mover, do make sure that the moving company carries the American Moving and Storage Association’s ProMover logo.
- Look Out For Red Flags. If your mover demands a large amount of cash in advance for the services, prior to any inspection of the goods, then there are chances of it being illegitimate. Also ensure that its address card corresponds to its actual address. And make sure that the movers arrive with their own equipment. A mover that rents its equipment can be unprofessional.
Once you’ve picked the right mover, you can even recommend them to others who might need them in future.