So how do you find a moving company that you can trust with all that you own, at a price you can afford and still feel safe in your decision?
Try to find moving companies that have been in business for at least ten years, and do not hire a moving broker or moving agent. The current international consumer protection laws related to household goods are insufficiently as far as moving brokers or agents are concerned, and are difficult to enforce.
Collect quotations from at least three moving companies and order them by your preference.
Find out if the company will be doing the move themselves, or if they will be sub-contracting the job. If your move is being sub-contracted then you should look for another moving company.
Make sure that their trucks are permanently marked with the company’s name. Many rogue movers will show up on the day of the move with a magnetic sign attached to the door of a rental truck.
Each estimate is based on what the contents of your home. Ask questions about the the services one company provides that another doesn’t, the amount of insurance included, and check the valuation of any of your belongings that might be regarded as exceptionally valuable (paintings, collectors items, etc.). Never contract a mover who gives you a quote based solely on volume (cubic feet or meters).
Make sure the estimate contains a lot of information about the company, such as;
But remember never to sign blank paperwork, or paperwork that hasn’t been fully explained. Read the documents cafefully, and make sure you understand them fully. Never about making the moving company wait. A good company will always be happy to answer your questions and let you take your time.
Finally, if anyone other than the moving company that you hired shows up on moving day, fire them on the spot. This might cause you some difficulties in the short term but could well save you significant problems in the longer term.
...never sign blank paperwork, and know what you’re signing. Read all the documents your mover presents you with care, and make sure you understand them. Don't worry worry about asking too many questions, a professional mover will never hesitate to answer all of your questions. A professional mover is just as concerned as you are about your move and meeting your expectations.