Moving can be complicated especially after years of accumulating too much that you can’t pack and move by yourself. While there are many moving companies that can be hired for the job not all can be trusted. First, you are not ready to allow your baby grand piano to be handled by a stranger. The question here is: how are you going to choose a reputable mover that you can trust? You need to do your own research and plan in order to avoid moving scams.

The reputation of a moving company is the first thing you ought to consider. This will save you valuable time and money. However, note that a great reputation attracts great rates as well. If you have to take only one tip then consider reputation. Here are questions you can ask yourself while hiring a moving company:

  • What level of experience does the moving company have in the business?

In other words, find out the period of time the moving company has been in business. Experience is very important since you can look at the mover’s track record and see for yourself the ability of the company to deliver. For example, you may ask if the moving company has moved countless kids’ clay handprints.

  • Is the moving company licensed and insured?

If you are moving from state to state be sure to hire a company that has a US DOT number which is valid. This number is usually a unique license issued by the Department of Transportation. If you are just moving within your state confirm whether the company has a state license. Hiring a moving company that doesn’t have license number or an insurance is not a good idea. It is not wrong or an offense to request the company to provide you with policy number as well as the name of the insurance company.

  • Does the moving company possess and use their own equipment?

There are companies that will hire a sub-contractor after they are given the job. Find out if another company will be used to provide the service. Be sure to ask for the name of the company and their record.  

  • Are there any reviews about the company online?

You can see the company’s reputation from the reviews.

  • What is included in their rates?

It is essential that you study the rates. Note that lower rates won’t necessarily mean you’ll pay a low final bill. Ask if fuel charges have been incorporated in the rates. Some companies offer their rates depending on the days of the week and seasons. Look at the reviews and see the company’s reputation.

  • Do they care about the surroundings and the community?

If yes, then chances are they will be concerned about you and your move.

  • Does the moving company have questions for you?

This is very important. A reputable company will want a few answers from your side. If this doesn’t happen yet you are being given an estimate run.

If you have a long distance move, let the company inspect your belongings before providing a quote. Provide precise information to the mover about the location of your residence (old and new). Asking friends,, local real estate agents, and coworkers can help you find a reputable moving company. However, after getting a list of recommended moving companies, do your screening.