Hiring movers can feel a little overwhelming. With so many moving companies to choose from, where do you even start to hire movers? Over our many moves, and with some really bad experiences combined with mostly good ones, we've made the task of hiring movers a little less complicated, simply from learning what we need to know before we sign on the dotted line.
Know What Type of Mover You Need to Hire
Before you start searching for a good mover, make sure you understand what type of move you'll be making. The type of move will determine the type of moving company you should hire. You can start by understanding the difference between an interstate and intrastate move along with knowing just how far you'll be moving—all of which will limit the type of mover you'll need.
- What's an interstate mover?
- What's an intrastate mover?
- What you need to know about a long-distance move
Do Your Research
It's a good idea to check out at least 10 movers by researching their history, understanding the signs of a rogue moving company and by knowing exactly what details will be involved in your move. Will you be packing yourself? What kind of estimate will be best for your move?
- Start by researching online
- Know the signs of a rogue mover
- What will your move look like?
Ask the Right Questions
Before I set-up any appointments for a mover to come see my household goods, I always interview each one over the phone. This way you can narrow down your choices to the top three and save yourself some time and effort.
- What to ask the mover on the phone
- When moving within a state
- When moving state to state
Understand Mover Estimates and Know Which One Is Best for You
Estimates can be a little confusing with some companies not offering a choice between the two. While you're interviewing the mover on the phone, ask about estimates - find out what they offer and whether that will be your best option.
One of my very first moves caught me completely off-guard when the movers' estimate was almost double what they had originally quoted. I refused to pay until someone went over the bill of lading step-by-step. What I discovered was that there were fees charged for additional services I hadn't anticipated. So, don't get caught - find out what you could be charged for extra services.
- How to save money on moving fees
- Do you need extra insurance?
Check Out Mover Complaint Registries
Complaint registries are a good place to do some research on the potential company. You'll find invaluable advice from people who have good and bad tales to tell. Also, while you're scoping out moving companies, if you have anything you've experienced that you think others should know about, go online and let your voice be heard.
- Lodging a complaint
- View complaints online
Read the Mover FAQ's
These are just some of the frequently asked questions I've received from readers. For more, check out the Moving Company FAQ's and find out what you need to know before you hire.
- What are my responsibilities?
- What information should the movers provide?
- Are movers registered?