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4 Steps to Choosing the Right Mover

Published On: February 5, 2013By

How to Choose the Right Moving Company

The average American moves 11.7 times in their lifetime. With all the packing, renting a truck, loading, unloading, and unpacking, hiring a mover sounds like an amazing idea. But if you’ve never used one before how do you know if you’re hiring someone who is giving you an honest price with quality work? After all, these guys will be going through your house and handling your priceless belongings. We’ve compiled a few important “to do” list items to help you decide.

1. Get a written estimate from several movers.
The estimate should be based on an actual inspection of your household goods.

2. Make sure the mover has insurance and is licensed by the proper authority.
For moves from one State to another, a U.S. DOT number is issued by FMCSA. You can double-check a mover’s license on For moves within a State, requirements vary. Check with your State, county or local consumer affairs agency or your State attorney general.

3. Remember your priorities when choosing a mover.
If you hire a mover based solely on the cheapest price, you may be sacrificing other things that are actually more important, such as getting your possessions moved and delivered on time. And remember, movers are required by law to deliver your goods for no more than ten percent above the price of a non-binding estimate. This is known as the 110 percent rule.

4. Do your homework.
Read “Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move,” a booklet from the Federal government that your mover is required to give you if you are moving from one State to another. This booklet also has information you’ll need if your goods are lost or damaged during the move. Finally, check the mover’s complaint history with local consumer advocacy organizations, such as the Better Business Bureau.