When preparing for your next move, there are an exhausting number of details and factors to consider. If you plan on hiring a mover, the search alone can be stressful. While it might be easier to go with the company right next door it’s important to find a moving company you can trust. Here are a few tips to help you find a reputable mover, save money and avoid costly scams.

Do Your Research

Start by looking around your local neighborhood or destination area for moving companies that are known to do quality work. Asking friends and family members for their recommendations is a great way to start a list of potential leads. At the same time, ask if there are any particular moving companies you should avoid. It’s easy to make a small list going just off the reputation of surrounding businesses.

After you have your list of potential companies, continue your research online. Organizations such as the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA) maintain directories of moving companies and other businesses. There, you can search for a particular mover and view any complaints filed against them. Companies that choose to be members of the AMSA abide by the organization’s consumer-friendly policies and programs.

Get a Thorough In-Home, Video or Phone Estimate

The next step is to reach out to the remaining companies that have met your standards. Call each mover individually to schedule an in-home estimate or a detailed phone or video survey. While an in-home walkthrough is generally the best way to ensure you’re receiving the most accurate quote possible, not everyone has time to invite a mover over to perform a thorough in-home estimate. We are proud to offer our customers a convenient video surveying option that is the next best thing to a physical in-home estimate.

If the mover you’re considering doesn’t offer a video surveying tool, doesn’t schedule in-home estimates and wants to base your estimate on a 30-second phone conversation and the number of rooms you have, it’s probably smart to be skeptical.

While you have a representative in your home or on the phone providing an estimate, use the opportunity to learn as much about the company as possible. Be sure to collect the mover’s full business name and any other names they may have operated under, the company’s contact information and the contact information of any company references.

Make Your Decision

As you collect each estimate, make sure to keep all the paperwork for each company carefully separated from the rest. After each mover has done a walk-through of your home you can conveniently compare each estimate. Using the company information you gathered from the representatives, verify each business’s credentials on the BBB and AMSA websites. Verify that each company is licensed and qualified to legally conduct moves, especially if you’re moving to a different state.

If everything comes up legitimate, confidently make a selection based on the information you’ve gathered. When moving day finally rolls around, be sure you receive a comprehensive written list of the mover’s inventory.

Quality Short- and Long-Distance Movers

Humboldt Storage and Moving is committed to alleviating the stresses associated with moving your home or business. We go to great lengths to ensure our customers can focus on the excitement of moving without worry. Whether you’re looking for local Boston movers, international shipping, commercial relocation or any other moving services, Humboldt has you covered. Contact us for a quote today!