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How to Find Reliable Mover


Over 42 million people move in the U.S. every year. Thatís an amazing 1 in 4 adults. A person will make over 7 moves in their lifetime. Studies have shown that moving ranks as the third most stressful time in life. Even though we may be excited about the move, there can be mixed emotions about leaving behind a familiar neighborhood, close friends and fond memories. On top of all this we donít want to have the added stress of wondering if the  moving company is going to handle our possessions with care. 


Finding the right moving company can make the whole process a lot easier, but it may not be as easy as it sounds. Itís not just a matter of picking up the phone book and searching under ďmoving companiesĒ. For starters, there are several types of moving companies. Some may specialize in local moves while others will transport your belongings across the nation or even to another country. So what you have to move and where youíre planning to move it will have a lot to do in choosing a  moving company. 


A moving company can offer you a wide range of services on top of simply moving your furniture and other belongings. They can provide you with packing boxes and other materials, help you with the packing, provide temporary or long term storage if needed, and even unpack everything for you once your belongings arrive at their new home. Of course these services will cost extra but itís nice to know theyíre available if you need them. 

Pricing can vary greatly from one  moving company to another, providing you with very different estimates for the exact same move. You may hesitate to go with the lowest bid, worried about the quality of the service and safety of your possessions. 

Where to Look for Reputable Mover


Start by simply asking people you know. Almost everyone has moved at least once in their lifetime, so ask your family, friends or co-workers if they can recommend a good  moving company. Talk to the real estate agent that helped with the sale or purchase of your home. A realtor can usually give you some good recommendations based on the experience of their other clients. If you're planning a local move, look for moving vehicles that are working in your city. If you repeatedly see the trucks and vans of a specific moving company, you have to know thereís a reason why theyíre so busy.

Do a search on the computer. A lot of moving companies maintain a website listing their services, how long theyíve been in business, the areas they cover as well as an online estimator page to help you get an initial idea of how much the move will cost you. You can find their contact information including an email address incase you have any questions you want to ask before talking with them further. You can also use the internet to do some initial background checking on any moving company. 

Getting a Quote from a Moving Company


Once you have your list of moving companies in hand, contact the Better Business Bureau to find out if any of the companies have had any complaints filed against them. Considering the volume of business a moving company handles itís not unusual for a company to have a few complaints, but the important thing is to find out exactly what the complaints were and if they were taken care of to the customerís satisfaction.


Before you start talking with any moving company, you should make a list of how many rooms to be moved, if you have any unusually large, bulky or odd shaped items and donít forget about the garage, and patio furniture. Itís not necessary to be exact but it will help give the moving company some idea of what youíll need. 

Making Your Choice


You may find that comparing quotes can be a bit confusing. The prices can vary greatly as well as the services offered and the methods used in pricing. One  moving company may charge an hourly rate, another may estimate the volume based on the number of rooms you need to move and still others by the estimated weight per load. 

It's important that you get all your moving company quotes in writing and to make sure that you completely understand how they are calculated. Make sure you read all the fine print. You need to know what your options are should there be any damages. If you pack your belongings yourself and something is broken, some companies wonít pay for it unless it was due directly to their mishandling. 

Once you have some information on each moving company and compare the bids they have given you, you can then narrow your choice down the one  moving company that you feel will do the best job. Itís true that moving can be an emotional and stressful time. The last thing that anyone wants to worry about is careless movers or lost or damaged belongings. Whether youíre moving down the block or across the country, you need to find a reliable moving company that you know you can trust.


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