Finding a moving company

Choosing your moving company is a very important aspect of the relocation process.  The last thing you want is to end up with the nightmare scenario of hiring a moving company solely because it is cheap, only to find that you have hired a bunch of unprofessional scam artists who then put up the price and refuse to hand back your possessions until you have paid.

The first thing you should do is complete some research on the reputation and quality of the moving companies in your local area.  Email your friends to see if they have any recommendations or warnings based on their own prior experiences, and check out any references that are offered by any moving company you are considering hiring.  It is also a good idea to check with the American Moving & Storage Association and make sure they are a ProMover as well as checking the rating with the Better Business Bureau to see if a moving company has many complaints against it, in which case it should be weighted into your decision.

If you are making a move to another state, a moving company should charge based upon the weight of the possessions that are being relocated, packing and other services, and the distance to be moved.  Be sure to get at least three estimates prior to making a decision.

It is very important to meet up with a moving consultant in person and for them to visit your home to inspect your belongings and give you a solid quote for the cost of the relocation.