Top 3 tips for hiring the best movers every time

Published Tuesday, June 8, 2021 11:16 am

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In the United States alone, millions of residential and commercial moves are made each year. Most of them run smoothly and without any problems. Others, on the other hand, would likely make for some great Mover from Hell movie scripts if there were such a movie. Hiring a new moving company is without a doubt a risky business and not a walk in the park, especially if you have no experience working with these people. There are many scams and fraudulent practices that can render you penniless in a few days and no one should be forced to take any risk when the integrity of their precious property is at stake.

Read the tips below to help you out and make sure you know what to do to stay away from potential scammers disguised as trustworthy doers.

Tip # 1: Pay attention to the inventory

A good, trustworthy moving company like the Top 5 Long Distance Movers in Virginia should keep an accurate and detailed inventory of all of the items that you intend to move. This will help you personally determine the weight and size of all your belongings. Under certain conditions, this can also be done temporarily through virtual surveys. Make sure the moving companies are as thorough as they can, especially when it comes to checking all of your drawers, the garage area, and even the bookcases at the old address. The more accurate this estimate and the more successful the inventory, the better for your budget.

Tip # 2: Make sure they take notes during the tour

If the removal technician responsible for the site visit does not take written notes or voice notes, consider this a sign of suspicion and poor work. The right moving company will ask you lots of useful questions about your packing plans, so make sure all the answers are prepared.

Tip # 3: Stay away from movers with name switches

Some moving companies will try to evade BBB ratings by changing their company name frequently. Make sure the moving companies you plan to hire have a verified local address and all the necessary information about their insurance and license.

When calling their customer support numbers, make sure they answer the phone with their full and official company name and inquire about their state and state license numbers. You should also check to see if there have been any recent complaints against the moving companies you are trying to hire.

Another smart way to make sure you’re hiring a reputable company is to dig deeper into their history by calling the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s consumer complaint line.

More helpful tips for hiring good moving helpers

Never try to prepay a large amount of cash or make a large cash deposit before the actual move. The best moving companies will never try to charge you early on, before they even get their hands on your packed boxes. Focus on moving companies that ask you to pay on delivery or risk losing control of the move and also try to only pay with credit cards so you are more secure from potential fraudulent activity are safe.

Finally, get as many testimonials from people you know and trust and use specialized platforms that recommend the best moving companies in the country. State moving associations and the American Moving and Storage Association are good examples.

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