How to Hire a Mover

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 walk through 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 tool 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.

Stress Free Self Storage Moves

If you are like most families, you have more “Stuff” than you think you have. Over time, we accumulate all kinds of household items, gifts, toys, clothing, furniture and the list goes on…We put these items where we think makes sense at the time, or, where we can find the room to get them out of our way. Or in some cases, maybe in the way.

Because we are a moving company, we know a thing or two about “things and stuff.”
And finding out just how much stuff you have is never more evident than when you move. All of a sudden, you get a real sense of just how much you have been packing away in the dark corners of your home for years.

If getting rid of items is not an option as you prepare for your upcoming move, what many families do is use a self-storage facility to either store items temporarily or help in the process of staging their home.

Here are a few tips from our experts on how to maximize the use of a self-storage facility during a move:

Make A List:

Make sure whatever you put in your self-storage unit is in a detailed list. Your moving company will need this to give you an accurate estimate. If you inform your moving company on the day of your move that you need to have them pack up the contents of your storage unit, you’ll be incurring more cost on your move.

Where Is Your Storage Unit Located?

You need to inform your moving company where your storage locker is located. Is it around the corner or two towns away? Knowing this help your moving crew stay on schedule and keep track of your items. It is also good to let them know what floor your storage unit is located on. It makes a big difference for the crew and the tools they might need to move your items from one location to the next.
You might be asking, why would I rent a storage unit far away from my house? Well, two reasons. First, sometimes, storage facilities don’t have any room and you need to shop around. But two, if you are moving to another town, it might just make sense to keep your items closer to your new destination.

Take Photos:

What can really help your moving company is photos. Take as many photos as you can of the items you have stored and the storage unit. This will give your moving company a perfect snapshot of what they are dealing with on your moving day. It will help them with the size of your items as well as a good idea of weight and the amount of help they will need to empty your storage unit. It will also help you get an accurate price.

Utilizing a storage unit can be a great idea for a move as well as getting those extra pieces of furniture out of the way while you show your home for sale. Just prepare a little and you’ll well on your way to your new destination. And an accurate quote from your moving company.

Ask the Humboldt Experts : Top 5 Self Packing Mistakes

Our experienced Boston movers and packers see self packing mistakes every day out on our jobs. In the industry, self packed boxes are often referred to as “PBO” or packed by owner. (If your moving company is packing for you, you may hear the term “CP” or carrier packed.) When you choose to pack yourself, you assume a major portion of the responsibility for your move’s success.

We asked the Humboldt Experts : What are the top 5 self packing mistakes?

Mistake #5 = Not packing an overnight / 1st day box.

  • The last thing you want to do on the first night or first day in your new home is be searching for your necessities. Pack an overnight bag with all your medications and personal care items including make up, toiletries, pajamas, and a change of clothing. Pack an additional box or clear tote with toilet paper, shower gear including towels, cell phone chargers, paper plates, plastic cups & utensils, garbage bags, important papers, valuables, bed sheets & pillowcases, etc. Don’t forget to pack necessities for the kids and pets too! Moving is stressful. But if you prepare a well-packed overnight bag/box, the first night in your new home can be refreshing, worry-free, and leave you energized for unpacking the next day.

Mistake #4 = Incorrectly Labelled Boxes

  • Whether you include too much information or not enough, correctly labeling your boxes can save you some serious headaches in the long run. Boxes should be clearly labelled on two sides with the room, contents, and your name. Use a large marker and write legibly. Mark any fragile items or items that should not be stacked. Taking a little bit of extra time to label clearly will allow for your boxes to be easily inventoried, placed in the correct room at your destination, and will make locating items / unpacking a breeze.

Mistake #3 = Not Planning Enough Time to Pack

  • Packing often can take double the amount of time anticipated. When the truck arrives, everything is required to have been properly packed the night before and ready for loading. If packing yourself, allow at least several weeks to complete the job properly. Start gathering packing supplies at least a month to two months in advance. Create a packing timeline / schedule and stick to it! Pack a few boxes a day or set aside entire days for packing – whatever works for your schedule. Start with seasonal, decor, and infrequently used items. About 2 weeks before your move, start packing your every day items. Finish up your packing a few days before the move. Make sure to pack your 1st day box! Label and stack boxes to the side of the room you packed them in to keep them organized and easy to access.

Mistake #2 = Overloading Boxes

  • More is not always better! We often see boxes stuffed to the brim and overloaded. While you want your box to be full to prevent crushing, you do not want to overload on items or weight. Overloaded boxes run the risk of the bottom falling out, sides bursting open, items crushing other items within the box, and generally are more difficult to carry and stack. Leave enough room around your items and pad open spaces with packing paper to create a firm, strong, stack-able box.

Mistake #1 = Incorrect Packing Materials

  • While used and recycled boxes can save you some $, they may not always be the most sound choice. Used boxes may be worn and therefore less strong to protect your belongings. Recycled boxes (typically from supermarkets, liquor stores, etc.) are built to protect their original items only. Consider the weight rating on these boxes. Also, boxes previously used to store food products may have crumbs and food remaining which could damage your items or attract pests. For heavier items, consider double walled boxes like a “dish pack box” to provide the extra strength required. Framed photos and mirrors should be packed in “mirror boxes”. As a general rule of thumb, heavier items should be packed in smaller boxes and lighter items should be packed in larger boxes. Use quality packing tape to seal your boxes. Always use the “tape to tape” method when packing boxes as tape can easily peel off cardboard especially if you are storing the boxes for any length of time. Use unmarked packing paper to pad boxes. Newsprint / newspapers can rub off and damage your items. As a rule of thumb, using the correct professional grade materials will provide the most protection when packing your items.

At this Boston moving company we love to pack boxes Doesn’t everyone? It’s part of what we do for our customers and we enjoy making sure their entire journey from start to finish is as stress-free as we can possibly make it for them.

But we do realize that for some, packing is the most stressful part of the move. It’s that time when you finally realize just how much “stuff” you have. It can be daunting.

Another part of the packing process is knowing what you should pack and what you should leave out. You will need access to certain items on short notice or when you arrive at your new home and you might not be in the mood to go searching for them.

Let’s discuss what you should not pack on moving day:


In many cases a family might just order food on moving day. But if you get to your new destination late at night and you don’t know where shopping might be, it’s a good idea to make sure you packed your food items with you instead of on the moving truck. If you have cases of canned good you purchased from the warehouse store, then yes, its alright to pack that. But you should not pack any perishable goods or food that help you get through the evening at your new home.


Make sure you bring all your phone and tablet chargers. If you are on a long journey, you may be using more battery power then you usually do. And the kids will thank you as well when their video games stop working.


Anything you consider valuable, you should consider taking with you in your travels. It almost goes without saying that you should not put any money on the moving truck. But there are other considerations when we talk about valuables. If you have any jewelry or expensive family treasures, you should consider taking those with you. It’s not that you can’t trust your moving company but more for peace of mind. You’ll want to also carry any important paperwork or documents with you such as passports, birth certificates and other papers you cannot not lose.

Children’s Items

Make sure you double check everything your children need for your journey. And we mean everything…If the moving van leaves town and your kid’s favorite toy or blanket is on that truck, you are not going to be happy. And neither are your kids. Your best bet is to have them start a list of items they want to keep with them on your trip. And have them start that list as early as possible. Help them through the process and make suggestions based on your experiences. We also now that is this day, you are going to want to make sure you have all their electronics with them-phone, iPad, other gaming devices and that DVD player if you still use it.


Make absolutely sure you have all your medications with you during your move. You do not want to be in a situation that puts you without a family member’s medication, especially if it is a matter of life or death. Those can include inhalers for breathing, medication for allergies and allergic reactions such as an EpiPen, and others that are critical in nature. Also, if you have mediation that requires refrigeration, make sure you have a cooler with adequate cooling or ice with you. If you are traveling a long distance, check your icy every few hours to make sure it is still cold.

Pack This

There are several things you can take with you to make sure moving day is a bit less stressful. Some items to make moving day a bit easier are, snacks for everyone, including a pet if they are traveling with you. You might want to bring a extra set of clothing in case you get tied up somewhere or you have to stay overnight at a hotel. By that same idea, bring clothing to sleep in and maybe a bathing suit for the kids so they can have fun in the hotel pool. And of course, toiletries such as soap, toothpaste and other items.

Aside from medication and your son’s favorite teddy bear, if you do forget to bring these items with you, you can always go to a store and purchase something. But it is a good idea to be prepared for your move.