Choosing the right moving company is about more than just staying within budget. It’s about finding competent movers you can trust to safely pack and transport everything you own. That’s why we’ve compiled a quick and easy guide on how to pick the ideal company for your needs. Follow these steps and you’ll be on your way to selecting the Southern California moving company that’s right for you!
While relying on the internet or local advertisements is a great way to find a moving company, referrals are often best. Friends, family members, co-workers, and even your real estate agent can offer insight on a moving company they’re familiar with, sharing their experience with you and helping you overcome the first obstacle to finding the right movers for your needs.
Read Reviews & Testimonials
It’s important to know what to expect from any moving company you’re vetting. Read as many customer reviews as you can, both the positive and the negative. This will give you an in-depth look at the type of experience the company provides, their services, and their strengths and weaknesses.
Get Multiple Estimates
Always get multiple estimates for your move. We recommend getting at least three estimates from reputable moving companies in your area, based on those you’ve already found through referrals or online. In-person estimates are best, but whether this is possible will depend on covid-related restrictions and your unique situation. Make sure any estimates you receive are thorough and offer varied pricing depending on the final weight of your belongings.
Only Choose a Licensed & Insured Moving Company
Make sure the moving company is licensed and insured. Particularly for an out-of-state move, your moving company must be registered with the government and have a valid U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) number. Visit Protect Your Move, a website that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) maintains to provide free resources and tools for consumers to protect themselves from moving fraud, for more information and to search for a registered mover.
Verify the Company’s Address
It’s a good idea to check the moving company’s address. Get a business card or find the company’s address on their website and look it up online. You’ll want to make sure the address is registered under the moving company’s name.
Keep Your Eyes Open for Scams & Red Flags
According to the FMCSA, thousands of Americans fall victim to moving fraud each year. Common scams include overcharging, delivering severely damaged belongings, and holding belongings hostage to force additional payments from customers.
There are a few red flags you can watch for:
- The moving company gives you an estimate without seeing your property.
- The moving company demands a cash payment, payment upfront, and/or a large deposit.
- The moving company will not provide a written estimate.
- The moving company does not have a standard moving contract for you to sign.
- The moving company does not have a valid address registered to its name.
- The moving company cannot or will not provide license or insurance information.
- The truck that arrives on moving day is a rented moving truck, not a company-owned vehicle.
If you notice any of these warning signs, it’s time to look for a different mover. You can also report moving scams by filing a complaint with the FMCSA.
Learn How Our Southern California Movers Can Help You
In the end, you’ll need to make your own choice about which moving company is right for you. At Affordable Quality Moving and Storage, we can offer you the assurance that we are licensed, insured, and fully qualified to handle any local, long-distance, interstate, and even international move. Our movers are experienced and understand the importance of keeping your belongings safe and sound. Whether we’re packing and unpacking, moving, and/or storing your belongings, you can count on getting quality service at an affordable price.
Call (661) 622-2636 today for your free estimate with our Southern California movers!