Hiring a Moving Company
Making a choice between professional movers is the first important step toward ensuring you will have a successful move. If possible, have an in-home estimate as opposed to an online or over the phone quote. Having some moving professionals assess your move in person allows them to know what they will be moving and the estimate will be much more accurate. During your in-home estimates, try to foresee any potential challenges that may arise due to your new living space. Read reviews online of your list of potential moving companies. Take into account that moving can be difficult on the people being moved when you read customer testimonies. Cousins USA Moving & Storage is happy to provide you with the following guidelines, which will help you in selecting the mover that’s right for your family or business.
Best Rated Cross Country Moving Companies
Cousins USA suggests you request estimates from multiple reputable moving companies:
- Compare the rates and services offered by all potential movers. Do they have any exclusive services or areas of expertise?
- Read your estimates thoroughly to ensure there are no hidden costs.
- Ask questions: if there is anything you do not understand, do not be afraid to ask.
How to Find a Reputable Moving Company
Cousins USA Moving & Storage encourages you to select a reputable and licensed moving company with certified and trained employees. Find out if your mover is a member of the American Moving & Storage Association. The American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA) is a non-profit trade association that represents more than 4,000 moving companies throughout the United States and the world. Members abide by terms of published tariffs, and the AMSA’s code of ethics have gone through a vetting and arbitration process. The following organizations may be helpful in answering any questions you have pertaining to moving companies:
- American Moving & Storage Association
- Better Business Bureau
- Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
Hiring a Moving Company vs Do It Yourself
If you don’t have as much to move, you may be able to move yourself, but if you have a house full of items to pack and move, you will want to hire a moving company.
One of the first questions you have to answer when planning for a move is whether you will hire a moving company or do it yourself. One factor you should consider when determining this is how many items you have to move. If you don’t have as much to move, you may be able to move yourself, but if you have a house full of items to pack and move, you will want to hire a moving company. If you are moving a long distance, you will have to consider how you will move all of your larger items, and if it would just be simpler and easier to hire a mover to help. Packing services may be all you need, or you may only need a mover to assist you with the logistics and transportation. Many moving companies also provide storage services, so consider this helpful aspect of hiring a professional mover. If you are considering the option of moving yourself, conduct research to find out the costs involved and compare them with professional mover’s estimates. Before you begin your research, determine how much and far you are moving. Cousins USA suggests you consider the following costs that likely will be factors when moving yourself:
- Truck rentals
- Packing materials
- Rentals of dollies, pad coverings, etc.
- Additional insurance
- Gas prices
- Time involved