How to Hire a Moving Company

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How to Hire a Moving Company

I am often asked by my clients who are selling one home on the same day they are buying the other how to handle the movers.  It is quite a dilemma so here are some of my suggestions for things to consider when choosing how to make the move:

Can you get a company with pod type storage units that can be packed ahead of time and stored?

Can you rent a large truck yourself so that you are not paying for the moving companies truck to "sit" waiting on your next move?

Will the moving company let their movers pack the boxes into the truck you rented on your own?

This may seem like common sense, but be sure to take ALL of your valuables with you!  If they are valuable to you, they will be valuable to someone else as well!

For Long Distance moves, consider the following:

Questions to ask: Are you certified by the ICC? Do you charge by the pound or by the hour? How much insurance do you carry? Are there any items you charge extra to move, such as china, pianos, pool tables and the like? Are you bonded? Can I call to find out the location of my things during the move?


Once you’ve hired a mover, there’s still more work to be done.

l Make yourself a checklist of things to do every week for eight weeks prior to the move. Stay as organized as possible.

l Ask your moving company to assign three movers to you—two to load and unload and one to guard the truck to prevent theft.

l Talk to your insurance agent about liability. Does your current homeowner’s policy cover your possessions during a move? Moving companies’ basic insurance coverage usually allows a set amount per pound per item, and it’s usually not enough, so find out how much the company carries and then buy extra insurance if necessary. Remember that most companies don’t accept liability for breakage of any items you pack yourself.

l Confirm the arrangements with the moving company a couple of days before your move.