Finding the best local moving company can be a difficult process and like most things in life, you will get out of it what you put into it. Even once you’ve selected one, however, you can’t be certain you’ve made the right call until the entire moving process is over.
Keep in mind that the best to one person may not be the best to another. Along those same lines, different moving companies may possess different tools or skill sets that make them better suited for certain moves. In the end, this simply means that the term ‘best moving company’ is somewhat relative to the job in question.
So where do you begin?
Ask for recommendations from friends, family, and coworkers. The phrase you’re listening for is “these are the movers you want hands down no question”, but if you don’t hear that your next step is to check the internet for local moving companies. Most moving companies have an online presence these days so it’s not hard to locate a mover in your area.
Search For Local Moving Companies On The Internet
Check reviews and testimonials from actual customers who have utilized their services. Most moving company websites will feature testimonials or reviews of some fashion on the site itself and ours is no exception. Google, Facebook, and Yelp are all excellent sources for real customer reviews as well.
Make Certain That They Are Capable Of Handling The Job
As mentioned at the beginning of this write-up, not all moving companies are capable of handling what you need to have done. Do you need a piano moved? You’d better make sure that they possess the proper skill set and equipment to move pianos.
Need a safe moved? There is specialized equipment for that needed as well. Hydraulic lifting equipment makes moving safes and other heavy pieces easy, trying to perform this task with sheer manpower is costly and generally unsafe.
Ask For References
Return business is a good sign that a moving company does quality work. Ask them if there are any local businesses that they do frequent business with. Thrift shops, furniture stores, and realtors are all great references that utilize and recommend moving companies all the time.
Check Their Licensing
A good moving company will have their licensing information listed on their website.
Each state will have different intrastate licensing regulations. If it’s an out of state move, make certain they are licensed with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. A license from the U.S. Department of Transportation is also required and that license can be verified by clicking this link.
Ask For Proof Of Insurance
There really isn’t much to this one. Moving companies should also be able to provide you with proof of insurance upon request. When you speak with them initially on the phone, let them know you’d like to see that proof when you meet face to face.
Get A Free Estimate
At this point, you have a reasonably short list of moving companies to choose from. Most quality moving companies will offer free estimates so why not get one. Make sure to get it in writing.
This also provides you the opportunity to speak with a representative of the company. Are they polite and well-spoken or are they late and carrying a spit cup? This meeting should give you a good initial feel for the company. What sort of people do they hire? Are they on time? Does it appear they even want your business?
Make Certain You Show Them Everything
When you receive your free estimate make sure you thoroughly explain what work you need to have done. If you want an accurate estimate with no surprises you have to make sure the moving company representative sees and understands all the work they are going to be responsible for. This can only help both parties involved and make the moving experience that much easier.
Make An Educated Decision
By this point, you’re ready to choose a local mover. Hopefully, this guide helped a little in that decision-making process.
If you feel you’ve found the best moving company in town don’t forget to submit a review when the job is done. Reviews are a great resource for people just like yourself who are looking to get the job done and they are also a tremendous help to the moving company as well.
Brooks Moving & Hauling
It wouldn’t make sense to write this piece and not mention our own services and how they fit into the above article. Below you will find some reviews, links to more reviews, links to our various licenses and our phone number for a free estimate.
Let’s get it done, call Brooks Moving & Hauling today.