Moving can be stressful, but choosing the right company can make a world of difference. Here are five tips on how to pick the right one for your move – plus a bonus.

Tip #1: Get recommendations and/or ask moving companies for references.

Moving company references

If a company won’t share references, that’s a classic sign of a moving company to walk away from. If you’re given references, don’t assume the people will say all good things. Call them!

Tip #2: Choose movers who offer in-home estimates.

Moving company estimates

If the mover tells you that he can provide an estimate over the phone, it’s time to move on . . . to another relocation company.

Tip #3: Pick movers with a solid business history.

Movers with history

Fly-by-night movers often scam customers or provide poor service. How long has the company been in business? Are they members of the local chamber of commerce and/or other local business organizations?

Tip #4: Deal directly with a moving company, not with a moving broker.

Moving company not moving broker

Your broker may work from a call center that’s far away from your actual location and is only looking to make money off of hooking you up with a company – any company.

Tip #5: Make sure that the mover you choose creates a personalized plan for your needs.

Personal moving plans

If you don’t feel listened to or feel as though you’ve been treated as just a number, then find a different relocation company.

And, here’s a bonus tip.

Once you’ve made a decision, call the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to verify the company’s licensing status (202-366-9805) and insurance status (202-385-2423).

How to choose the right moving company: five tips – plus a bonus

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