There are so many moving companies out there that it’s hard to know who to choose. Unfortunately, I’ve had my fair share of bad experiences. Luckily, we learned with each sequential move. So, I can’t promise you a perfectly smooth move, but I can help you find a mover that will give you a decent move.
Ask for recommendations from your family, friends or realtor
The best thing you can do is get a recommendation from someone you know. You can trust your friend’s judgment whereas online reviews can be suspect. Crowd sourcing on Facebook is one of my favorite ways to get recommendations. People will tell you the good, the bad, and the ugly. Tip: even if your friend loved a moving company, you should still read reviews, check out their credentials, and speak to a couple other companies for comparison purposes.
Find a mover through Move for Hunger
Move for Hunger is a non-profit organization that helps you donate the food you might leave behind when you move. It’s super easy. All you do is find a mover on the Move for Hunger website. The moving company will give you a Move for Hunger sticker or a Move for Hunger box. Then, you put aside your unopened, non-perishable food items. Your mover picks it up on moving day and delivers it to your local food bank. Just by picking up leftover food from moves and organizing food drives, Move for Hunger has donated almost 8 million pounds of food since 2009!
Move for Hunger works with over 700 moving companies in all 50 states and Canada, so you’re bound to find a mover in your area. Adam Lowy, Founder of Move for Hunger, assures us that these are solid moving companies. “All of our movers are vetted. They have to be BBB accredited or part of a van line or a moving association. We do say ‘no’ to a number of moving companies. That way we’re not promoting lousy moving companies.” So, you find a mover you like plus you get to help others.
Find a mover through the American Moving and Storage Association website
Another way to find a mover in your area is to do a quick search on the AMSA website. Type in your current zip code, your new zip code, the date of your move, and the size of your move. The American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA) requires all companies listed to go through a vetting process. This includes a background government screening as well as a screening with the Better Business Bureau.
Find a mover just to load or unload your truck through HireAHelper.com
If you don’t want to pay the cost of a full service move, you can find professionals to help you load and unload your truck. You pack up your things and drive your truck, but they’ll help you with the heavy lifting. HireAHelper calls this a HybridTM Move and it should save you some money. Alan Lopez of HireAHelper.com says that the process of finding help for a HybridTM Move is easy through their website, “Just by typing in your moving dates and zip code on our website, you can see every top mover in any area in order of review rating and price.”
Double-check credentials with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association
If you are making an interstate move, the moving company must have a U.S. DOT number. You can search the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association’s website to see if the moving company has one. This site will also tell you the location of the company’s headquarters as well as contact information, registration status, and complaint and safety information. A quick search will help you see if the moving company is legit.
Look for complaints on the Better Business Bureau’s website
The Better Business Bureau is a good place to check out the moving company you’re considering hiring. If there are several unresolved complaints, consider booking a different mover. There are so many moving companies to choose from, so keep on looking until you find one with a good rating.
Read reviews on Yelp
Before you ask for an estimate, check out the moving company on Yelp. All you need to do is type in their name and see what people have to say about them. Of course, stuff happens when you move and people like to complain about moving companies. If it’s a huge moving company, they’re likely to have a few complaints out there. Read through the positive and the negative reviews to get a good idea of what the company is like. Once you meet for an in-person estimate, you can get a better sense of whether it’s the right moving company for you.
Check out my Free Resources Page
To find a mover, I’ve made it easy for you. Just go to my Free Resources page and you’ll find everything you need to help you through your move. I do not endorse any moving company, truck rental company, portable storage container company or any other organization associated with moving. I just want to provide a one-stop shop for moving help. If there’s anything I’ve missed that you feel that I should add, please let me know.