5 Tips For An Uncomplicated Move
The best place to start is with recommendations from friends, family, and even real estate agents. While online reviews can be useful, they’re easily manipulated. By asking real people for suggestions, families will get the unbiased info they need to make informed decisions.
Check the Mover’s Credentials
Another good way to find a local home moving service is to refer to the AMSA website. Type in the current ZIP code, the new one, the moving date, and the expected size of the move to get a list of professional movers. The AMSA (American Moving and Storage Association) requires every company to go through a screening process, including a government background check and a BBB verification.
Ask the FMCSA
If the family is planning to move out of state, the movers have to have a USDOT number. It’s easy to search the FMCSA’s website to verify this information, and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association can provide the company’s location and contact info, its registration status, and its complaint record.
Go to the BBB
The BBB (Better Business Bureau) is a great place to find out more about moving companies. If a mover has multiple unaddressed complaints, consider going to a different company. There are quite a few from which to choose, and customers shouldn’t stop looking until they find one with good ratings.
Read Yelp Reviews
Before asking a mover for an estimate, check the company’s Yelp reviews. Simply type in the company’s name to find out what others have to say about their services. Of course, it’s impossible to make everyone happy, and all companies have to deal with the occasional dissatisfied customer. Carefully read through the positive and negative ratings to get a complete picture of what the movers are like. When meeting for in-person estimates, it’ll be easier to get a sense of whether the company is right for the family’s needs.
Finding a moving company can be difficult, especially when doing it for the first time. However, there are ways to make the process less stressful. By following these tips and starting the planning process as early as possible, families can think less about moving and more about the changes to come.