The "Right" Moving Company

Posted on: 19 October 2015

Moving can be a traumatic experience. You have to find a new home, begin a new job, and pack up all your belongings. A good moving company can make the entire relocation process easier by safely and economically moving your prized possessions across town, the state, or even the country for you. Following a few rules will make moving a much easier task.


Although you can always turn to the internet or even the phone book for help in choosing a reputable company, you should begin with your friends and family. Getting a personal reference from someone you trust can take the guesswork out of hiring a moving firm. You may follow up the personal testimonials with a trip online to check the company's reviews and Better Business Bureau ranking. You can also get your real estate agent involved with your search for a moving company. She will have extensive knowledge of all the local companies and can steer you to the best ones for your needs.

Get Estimates

You should ask at least three moving companies to come to your home and give you an estimate for their services. Show the company representatives everything you plan to move, including items in the backyard and basement. You want the estimates to be as accurate as possible. If you end up with more items to move than you have revealed to the company, they may challenge any estimate that they have already given you. To avoid other problems, reveal any difficult conditions that await them at the new location, such as the presence of stairs or the absence of a driveway. That way they can give you a correct estimate for their labor. 

Moving Insurance

You need to check your homeowners policy to see if you are completely covered for any move. If you are not, you can buy insurance from the moving company for an interstate move. Federal law requires these movers to offer full value and released value protection. If you choose full value protection, you will have to pay an additional fee, but it means that the company will have to pay you the replacement value of anything damaged or lost during your move. Released value coverage will not cost you anything, but it only pays sixty cents for each pound of lost or damaged items. 

Before the move, do your homework on moving companies. Turn to your friends and relatives for suggestions, get several estimates, and then check your insurance. Taking these steps protects you and your possessions during the moving process.