Planning Your Move

Finding the right moving company is very important.  Follow these helpful tips for choosing a quality mover.

Research Moving Companies Online

It’s easy to get confused by the amount of moving companies to choose from on the internet. Follow these internet search tips:

  • Search to find a number of movers with a physical address in your area – if there is no address on their website, beware.
  • Study the moving company’s website to see what types of moving services they offer – some companies may not offer the type of moving services you need.
  • Make sure they are a member of a National Association (BAR
  • Read recent reviews from other customers.  If there are no recent reviews or a lot of bad reviews, beware.

Get an In-Home or Video Survey

Unless you are moving a small number of items, always ask for a free detailed, in-home or video survey from the moving companies that you select to provide a quote. The quote should be based on the list of items taken during the walkthrough or video survey of your home.  Show the moving company all areas of your home to avoid any surprises and any problems parking outside your home or the delivery address. If you are moving to an apartment identify the floor and if a lift is available.

A moving quote should reflect the total cost of the move based upon the size of the move, distance and the time it will take.  Explain everything to the moving company to avoid additional costs. Ask if there will be any extra fees for your move based on what you have shown and told them.

Carefully Review the Quotes You Receive

Read through all the quotes you receive and carefully compare prices – do not sign anything before you read it!  Get all details of the move plan and costs in writing so you know exactly what to expect from the moving company on moving day.  Remember, don’t feel pressured by any company or do anything else you’re uncomfortable with.