You are relocating and need the help of professionals. This means that all of your worldly possessions will now literally be in the hands of strangers, which is why moving can be one of the most stressful things you'll do in your life. With a little research you can find reliable moving companies, and rest a bit easier.
Things You Will Need* Internet Access* Something to keep your notes organized
Step 1Visit the Better Business Bureau's website.
On their website you can research different moving companies, and find a BBB accredited business in your area. The Better Business Bureau has a grading system based on a number of criteria, such as length of time the moving companies have been operating, and how they handle the complaints lodged against them. Complaints are a fact of life for moving companies, as it can be a very emotional time for the client. How the moving companies you're investigating handled and responded to their complaints in the past will give you an idea of their level of professionalism.
If you still aren't sure which company to go with, ask friends and coworkers who have moved within the last year to rate the moving company they used. The more recent their experience with the movers, the better, as companies change hands, key employees change jobs, etc. If your friends or coworkers had problems with the move, such as broken, damaged, or lost items, find out if the problem was handled to their satisfaction.
Keep it professional. Last year my wife and I hired a company that belongs to a friends' father. He overcharged us, underprepared for the job (I had to rent a U-Haul to complete the move), and his employees broke several things. We would have faired better if I'd researched a few other companies in the area.Keep it professional. Last year my wife and I hired a company that belongs to a friendsÃƒÂ¢ Â€ Â™ father. He overcharged us, underprepared for the job (I had to rent a U-Haul to complete the move), and his employees broke several things. We would have faired better if IÃƒÂ¢ Â€ Â™d researched a few other companies in the area.
Get written bids from each of the moving companies you are considering. Ask for a copy of their insurance with your bid. The policy should more than cover the replacement cost of everything you own. Once you have made your decision as to which moving company to hire, ask them what you can do to make the move go as smooth as possible.There are almost always stressful moments in a move. The moving company you choose and how you prepare can minimize the stress to a manageable level.