checklist for moving

A 3-Step Moving Checklist For Finding Good Movers

Hiring professional movers is usually one of the first things you’ll want to arrange when planning your move. Yet, it’s not something you should try and tick off your moving checklist as fast as possible.

There are thousands of moving companies in the US. Most of them will complete your move satisfactorily, but why settle for the ordinary when you can hire exceptional moving services? 

Instead, take time to vet the available movers carefully before you commit. These are the things to consider when you’re looking for movers that can meet and exceed your expectations.

1. Company Recommendations

The most effective way to get information about a moving service is to ask. Ask family, friends, and colleagues if they’ve experienced remarkable service from moving companies in your area.

Online reviews are another excellent way to gauge whether a moving company goes the extra mile for their customers. You can also ask local movers for references from past clients. 

The Better Business Bureau’s an excellent source of information on all sorts of businesses, and you can also check the validity of the company’s licenses using this resource. 

2. Licenses and Accreditation

Whether you’re moving out of state, or within the same neighborhood, it’s essential to hire a legitimate, licensed moving company. Always check these factors with the relevant organizations before you move.

These are some of the licenses and accreditations to look for when selecting a moving service.

FMCSA-Issued Authority

It’s not in your best interest to contract with a mover that isn’t federally-registered.

A federally-issued license requires movers to comply with certain standards and laws about pricing and transport. By law, companies that operate across state lines must hold a valid FMCSA license.

 American Mover and Storage Association

The AMSA ProMover Program supports government regulations and policies to protect consumers from illegal and unethical moving practices. 

The best movers will have internationally-recognized accreditations from FIDI, IAM, Worldwide ERC, and RIM too. 

3. Transparent Pricing

A virtual survey is an excellent way to get your moving quote from the comfort of your own home using your smartphone, tablet, or laptop. The moving company will see what needs to be moved and give you an accurate quote. All you need to do is point the camera.

When you ask for a quote, you want no doubt about what you’re paying for. Ask for a full written description of everything that’s included in your move and any services they charge extra for. Extra fees might be charged for things like hard-to-reach locations, long carry situations, handling specialty items, and stairs.

Always ask about anything you’re unsure of. Discussing all the details about what you expect from your move is the best way to ensure you don’t receive a bill for unexpected charges after the fact. 

Completing Your Moving Checklist

Do you need assistance with planning and executing your move? Read our blog for more tips on setting up a fail-proof moving checklist and practical tips for every stage of your move.

Apart from helping you execute a seamless moving day, our professional movers offer a host of additional services to streamline your relocation. 

Browse our website for more information on the services we offer or get in touch to discuss your requirements.