If you have given yourself enough time to hire movers, then you are giving yourself enough time to research movers as well. If the thought of research makes you shudder, stop to realize that this research simply involves reading about the companies on your list. It does not mean that you have to visit the library and study the work of these companies. Finding good ones takes research, and the rewards will pay off.
Luckily, only a few qualities make the best professional movers. These values include professionalism, experience, services available and cost. Without having positive attributes of all of these values, it is risky to hire a mover. Try to get a company in which all qualities exist and are positive. Even if three out of four is the best that you can do, you will be ahead of the game.
Professionalism can be determined by talking with the movers. It could be the owner, especially if it is a smaller company, or it could be a representative or manager. Whoever you talk to, you should feel like you are treated like a customer and not a number … even if you are not a customer yet. If you get treated well from the outset, it is a good sign that you will be treated well throughout the moving process.
Experience is easy to figure out … just visit the movers’ websites and find out how long they have been in business. But more than that, find out the types of moves that they have done. Are they more geared toward homeowners and less about commercial moves, do they focus on long-distance hauls instead of local one-stop ones? This information should match up to your own needs, so pick the movers that most closely align with your move.
Movers that have been in business longer tend to offer more services, so experience and services available tend to line up. The longer a company has been in business, the more it tends to offer, and vice versa. This is not set in stone, though, so find the services that you want and the moving companies that can offer it, and go from that point. And of course cost is important. You will be charged several hundred dollars from the moving service, but the price you pay should be worth it. All you want to make sure of here is that you are not being overcharged for services.