Moving can be a stressful time in your life whether you’re just moving across town or if you’re moving across the country. You have to coordinate traveling expenses and logistics, not to mention packing up everything you own into big brown boxes. On top of all this, you also have to deal with coordinating a moving company to haul your stuff from your old home to the new one. Just this can be a daunting task when you’re faced with the huge selection of moving companies out there. Which ones are the best for your situation? We’re here to help you out.
Searching Near You
America is a big place. A company located in one region may not be offered in another. There may be a ton of moving companies near you for local moves, but you’ll have to do a little more research if you’re moving out of state. For that, the Better Business Bureau is an ideal resource. Here, you can find reviews and listings of every moving company near you. Just enter in your city and state or zip code and you’ll find a variety of listings.
OK, so now you have narrowed down your search in terms of moving companies, but how can you know which one is really best for your unique situation? Perhaps you’re on a budget and low cost is your most important factor. Perhaps the environment is at the top of your list of concerns, so you’ll want to find a company that boasts an eco-friendly approach to moving. Or maybe you’re an antique collector and will only hire movers skilled in moving artwork, antiques, and other valuables.
Narrow it Down
Find a moving company that offers the services you need. For instance, Mayflower specializes in shipping services for trade shows, office moves, and store fixtures. Other companies specialize in household goods relocation. Look for ratings that point to excellence in this area. For instance, in November 2006 the General Services Administration named National Van Lines the top major van line in household goods relocation customer satisfaction. In the eco-friendly arena, Green Movers USA is making strides against cluttering landfills with unnecessary waste like boxes and bubble wrap.
Naturally, costs will vary from company to company; the more services and assistance you use, the higher your final price tag will be. You can go the cheap route and do the move yourself with a 26-foot U-Haul truck for just $39.95 per day. However, if you decide to go with a more traditional moving company, that cost can skyrocket according to weight limits, destination, rental time, and personal moving assistance, which can range from packing and crating to shipment protection and storage. Renting a truck yourself can be better for localized moves, while full-fledged moving companies that handle all the details, such as United Van Lines, may be best for cross-country excursions.
No matter which option you go with, the U.S. Department of Transportation recommends getting a written estimate from any mover you consider, and make sure the company has the proper licenses and insurance. Always scrutinize the fine print before signing anything.