Prepare To Move
Your agent can recommend some companies that other clients have used and were happy with. Or you could search Moving.com. All of their listed movers have passed criminal background checks and agreed to ethical business practices. You can use this service to request quotes from up to six local moving companies.
No matter how you find potential moving companies, there are some important rules to follow to ensure you get the best possible service at an appropriate price:
6 Rules for Working with Movers
Consider an in-person estimate.
Any estimates that come from simply listing the number of rooms you have in your current home are notoriously unreliable.
Be suspicious of
If one moving company is strangely cheaper than all the others, it’s probably too good to be true. Don’t hesitate to follow up with that particular company to understand why they are so (relatively) inexpensive.
Get everything in writing.
Make sure the mover details every possible cost associated with the move (including any potential extra charges). Homebuyers get dinged every day because there were a host of unexpected fees tacked onto the price at the end. These can include things like tape and packing supplies, stair charges (if the movers need to continually haul furniture up or down flights of stairs), and gas money.
Confirm the exact delivery date.
An important tip — you need to confirm the exact date the moving company will deliver your furniture. In many moving contracts, the fine print gives the company a seven–day window from the agreed-upon date. So double–check that they will deliver on a specific day no matter what, otherwise you could be left sleeping on a floor in the dark for several days.
Schedule contractors before the move.
If you plan to have work done on your new home (like re–painting the bedrooms or installing a new kitchen), you might want to have the contractors do so before you move in. This can save a ton of hassle of having work done shortly after you’ve moved in and are still unpacking and getting organized.
Update and confirm.
Closing dates and plans can change and you should always make sure your movers are aware of your most current schedule. Also, it never hurts to call them as moving day gets closer to make sure everything is still good to go.