Finding a good moving company can sometimes be as hard as the moving process itself. You have to look out for scammers trying to inflate costs.
For more on how to look for a moving company and determine whether they're legitimate, here's what you need to know.
How to choose a moving company
When choosing a moving company, there are a few steps you can take to ensure that any company you use is reliable. To find the best company for your needs, follow the five steps below.
Start by getting referrals from friends, family, and coworkers. You can also search online, looking for moving companies that have good reviews and are recommended by their past customers. If you're using a real estate agent when buying a home, ask them for a referral.
When searching for a moving company, try to get an estimate from at least three companies. Make sure to ask for an in-person estimate so that the moving company can get a better idea of how much you need to have moved and give you a more accurate estimate.
During the estimate, watch how professional (or unprofessional) the moving company representative is. This includes if they show up late to the appointment, are unable to answer your questions, or are unsure of what the company they work for is capable of. Any of these should raise a red flag and you should consider going elsewhere.
Finally, verify that the moving company is actually at the address that they list. You can find their address on their website or in the phone book. Beware of company addresses that are at a residential location.
How to evaluate moving companies
The best way to check if a moving company is legitimate is to evaluate the moving company and make sure they are properly licensed and insured. This is easy if you're using an interstate mover, which is registered with the federal government.
For local moving companies, it's a little bit more complicated. Read up on your state’s licensing regulations when picking a local mover to make sure they are legitimate.
One of the biggest red flags is a moving company that gives you an estimate without many details about the move. In such cases, these companies like to inflate their estimate on the day of your move. By that point, it's too late for many people to cancel their move, so they're forced to accept the additional costs.
Also be on the lookout for estimates that greatly undercut others you have gotten, as this should raise red flags as well. With these tips, you should be able to choose a moving company that's reputable and good for you.