Do Your Research Before Moving Day

Perhaps your job is transferring you to a new location. Maybe you got an offer for your dream job, but it is in another city. You may want to be closer to family, or you just need a change of scenery. Moving can be fun, stressful, frustrating, and exhilarating all at the same time. You've found your new home or apartment, now you just need to get your belongings there. You considered doing it yourself, but you just don't have the time. What do you do? You've seen huge trucks and a myriad of advertisements, but how do you know what company to go with?

You should decide what level of service you require before contacting companies. Do you need everything packed and loaded for you? Do you only need it loaded and transported? How far away is your new home? Do you require unpacking when you reach your destination? All of the questions are important to consider. The fees will vary greatly with the type of services you need and the length of the trip to your destination. You also need to take into account if you need to insure your belongings in case of an accident. You also need to take stock of just how much you have to move, and if you will need any automobiles moved as well.

Your first stop in selecting a moving company should be your neighbors, friends and family. They can point you in the right direction, and tell you whom you need to avoid, at least according to their own experiences. Check with the Better Business Bureau and the local Chamber of Commerce for any licensing requirements, and a listing of companies in your area with positive ratings. They will also be able to tell you if the companies are bonded and insured.

Once you have narrowed down your list, call for estimates. Most companies will come to your home and give you an estimate for free, and let you know of any extraneous charges you may incur. You should ask about charges for mileage, gas, and hotel/motel stays if it is more than a day's trip to your new home. Ask about insurance for your belongings, and if there is any extra charge for higher valued insurance. You should also ask what fees are charged for packing and unpacking your home, if you decide to go with that option. Another important question to ask is if there is a storage fee for your belongings if you have to wait more than a day or two to move in to your new home, and if the storage facility is secure.

Once you've gathered all the information, you should have an easy time deciding which company to use. The internet is a highly useful tool for getting reviews of a company's performance and policies, and can help make your decision easier. The most important tool you have is your gut instinct. If you feel comfortable with a company, you should have no problems using them for your big move, whether it's 20 or 2000 miles away.

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