Moving to a New House: Now What?
Begin Researching Moving Companies
As soon as you're contemplating a move, it's time to start researching moving companies. Take some time to look for companies in the area that have the best reputations based on online reviews and even word-of-mouth. If you know people in the area where you are moving from or to (whether it be relatives, friends, or co-workers), don't hesitate to ask for some recommendations.
Set Up In-Home Estimates
Once you've narrowed your moving companies down to a few potential options, you can begin scheduling in-home estimates. Most companies offer these free of charge (and free of obligation), so they can give you the most accurate quote for their services as possible. The purpose of an in-home estimate is for the movers to get a good idea of how much furniture, how many boxes and what types of belongings will need to be moved.
An in-home estimate will usually be more accurate than an estimate given over-the-phone or online; that's because without seeing everything that needs to be moved, it's difficult for a moving company to accurately determine how many crew members they'll need, how large of a truck they'll need, and how much time will be required to tackle your move from point A to point B.
Decide on a Level of Service
Keep in mind that moving companies offer a wide range of services. While most people hire movers for professional assistance in physically moving their belongings from their old place to their new place, many moving companies also offer packing services, self-storage, moving "pods," and so much more. Take some time to carefully consider exactly which services you'll need for your move.
For example, if you'll be downsizing in any way, you may want to consider finding a moving company that also offers storage options. This way, anything that doesn't fit in your new place can be moved into storage, where you can then decide what to do with it (sell it, keep it, donate it, etc.).
Review Your Estimates and Choose Wisely
Once you've received a number of in-home estimates for the services you need, be sure to review them carefully. Specifically, be sure to take a close look at how many hours of service your estimate includes, and whether or not that estimate includes or excludes fuel charges or additional fees. For example, some moving companies may charge for laying protective padding down on your home's flooring, so it is better to discuss those items with your potential mover upfront.
The process of finding the right moving company can be a bit stressful and time consuming, but with a little bit of research and careful consideration, you'll be able to find the right professionals for the job. From there, you can check a major item off your moving list and avoid the stress of moving your own belongings on your big day!