6 Steps to Selecting Your Mover

When it comes to moving, many find that selecting a mover is one of the most intimidating prospects. Though most moves go smoothly, there are some dishonest groups out there waiting to take advantage of unsuspecting, already-stressed customers.

The best way to avoid any problems is to do your research, and find a mover you can trust — which is exactly what this short guide is all about! Below, you’ll explore 6 key steps to finding a mover that exceeds your expectations.

So let’s get started!

Step 1: Make a shortlist of movers to look into. Getting recommendations from friends and family is a great place to start. Using services such as Zipmover can also help you quickly find and narrow options.

Step 2: Get written estimates. Get estimates from each mover on your shortlist and contrast and compare them. Be sure to have each estimate made based on an in-person inspection of your belongings.

Step 3: Ensure your mover is both insured and registered with the Federal Government. The FMCSA requires a U.S. DOT number for interstate moves. If you’re moving within a state, the requirements vary — be sure to check with your state, county or local consumer affairs agency or your state attorney general.

Step 4: Check for complaints. This can be done by contacting your local Better Business Bureau or consumer protection agencies.

Step 5: Prioritize! Finding a low price is great, but be sure to consider a mover’s other qualities. You don’t want to sacrifice the safety of your goods in the name of savings. And keep the 110 percent rule in mind: movers are required by law to deliver your goods for no more than 10% above the price of a non-binding estimate.

Step 6: Do your research. Your mover is required by law to give you the Your Rights and Responsibilities Wh en You Move booklet. It has information about what to do if your belongings are lost or damaged during the move. Make sure to read it!

Follow these simple steps, and you’ll be well on your way to a move that’s smooth, successful, and stress-free!