Choosing a Mover

admin May 16, 2010

You have your new place, you’ve made your Moving Plan, you’ve taken care to protect and organize all of your valuables (even that knick-knack collection that you swore you were going to part ways with), and now comes the decision that will test out your packing skills – choosing a mover.

The last thing you want to have to worry about when moving is losing or breaking some of your valuables. It’s part of the moving nightmare when you go to unpack that vase that is going to fit so perfectly in your new dining room – only to discover that it has been cracked or broken. Even the best packing job can’t protect against the impromptu careless game of catch!

Now, if it’s your friends or family tossing the boxes, we can’t really help – but we can offer advice on how to make sure your hired movers aren’t likely to do so! Follow these steps to confirm that the movers you are hiring are going to get your belongings to your new place in one piece:

1. Check Their I.D.:

Choose only movers that are licensed, bonded and insured. If you aren’t sure if a moving company fits this criteria – just ask!

2. Use the Grapevine:

Ask friends, family, real estate agents or just ask us. We will be happy to provide a list of quality movers in your area.

3. Go Back to School:

Research! Check out the Department of Transportation or - the website for the American Moving and Storage Association. Another place to look would be the Better Business Bureau and other online review sites.

4. Get it in Writing:

Be cautious of very low bids – sometimes if something sounds too good to be true, it’s because it is! Be sure to get a “Binding Not to Exceed” estimate in writing.

5. Trust Your Gut:

If you’re uncomfortable with a mover, there's usually a valid reason for it. Just move on to the next mover or do it yourself. You’ll save yourself a lot of headaches.

Keep these tips in mind and hopefully you'll barely have to lift a finger on moving day - well, except for pointing to where you want things to go of course!

If you have had a good (or bad) experience with a moving company in the BungoBox service area - sound off below!

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