How to Hire a Moving Company...7 Tips To Help Save You Time and Money

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How to Hire a Moving Company...7 Tips To Help Save You Time and Money


Just as you wouldn’t hire just any real estate agent (well, I hope you didn’t!) to guide you through your largest investment transaction, why would you hire a moving company to transport look over a contractyour treasured belongings?


Whether you’re moving across town or across the country, you need to make sure that you’re placing your whole home furnishings and memories in the hands of a professional. 


7 Tips for Hiring a Moving Company

1. Ask for and seek out recommendations

Thanks to apps like NextDoor and local Facebook groups it’s even easier now to get recommendations. Ask agents or anyone else involved in real estate, this includes stagers, lenders, and home inspectors. 

Know someone who recently moved?  Ask them!


2. Do some investigating of your own. 

Check with your local Better Business Bureau and look for local online reviews and ratings. 


3.Interview at least 3 companies.

Don’t settle for a quote over the phone either. Professional movers need to see what you’re planning on moving. 

Have a notepad and pen ready for notes.

Get their USDOT (US Department of Transportation) license number as well as their Motor Carrier License Numbers.


~Make sure that you get numbers of who to call in case there is an emergency. 

~Will you be charged by weight? Space? Miles?

~Are there additional charges for boxes and wraps?

~Will you receive a detailed contract?

~Will you receive a detailed bill of lading?

~What type of payment will they accept?


moving4.Discuss with the representative items that are particular to your household and your move

Do you have oversized items that will need a special box or crate? (we had a stuffed turkey in flight, and with every move, the crate got bigger and bigger)

Will you want them to move vehicles?

We had a platform built for our bass boat on one move.

Will your new residence have stairs or difficult to reach areas?

The company may have extra charges for this. If you’re moving to a condominium, find out if there are certain hours when moving vans or trucks are allowed.


Do not assume. Find out exactly what they cover, and what they don’t. For example, if you pack fragile items and they become broken, the company may not cover this. And it follows that you need to ask your own insurance company what coverage you’ll have during the move.

6.READ and UNDERSTAND your contract. 

Now is not the time to skim or assume. If you’re not comfortable with this, ask someone who is used to reading these documents to help you. 

ASK questions if you are unsure. 


7. Know WHO will be moving you.

Find out if the packers are contracted out. 

Do they use day laborers to move and deliver your goods? In some of our moves, the driver hired the crew and supervised the loading and offloading for both properties. 


Here are some other sites to help you choose a moving company…

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

American Moving and Storage Association

Ripoff Report




This is not the time to go for the lowest bid. Do your research and trust your gut instinct. 


Re-Blogged 2 times:

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James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Kathy.

We only have three around my area.  One is totally out of the question unless you have deep pockets.  

Aug 17, 2019 01:16 AM #35
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Kathy Streib - you provided excellent information often overlooked by sellers and buyers anxious to move. It pays to do research and the tips you provided are valuable!

Aug 17, 2019 03:00 AM #39
Matthew Klinowski, PA
Downing-Frye - Naples, FL
Golf Community Real Estate Specialist

Good morning Kathy, thanks for sharing these great tips for people moving.  It's always helpful to have a guide.

Aug 17, 2019 05:43 AM #40
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I just got through moving my daughter to Chicago - we did it ourselves because we needed to arrive on a certain day and it was a small load - it was horrific! 

Aug 17, 2019 06:10 AM #41
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Kathy,
What a wonderful list of advice. I was very lucky when I had my floors done. The guys who moved my stuff into (and back out of) the pod were awesome. 

Aug 17, 2019 06:55 AM #42
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Kathy:

This is great advice. Hiring the right moving company is a big deal and they are not all the same. I created a checklist I share with relocating buyers so they know what questions to ask.

Finding out the dates is important - packing, loading, arrival at the destination, and in a long drive the arrival canshift, especially if they take more than your stuff on the truck.

I helped my Mom move from her house in the country to the west coast - she lived up a very long, steep drive and had to pay extra fees because they needed to "ferry" everything in a small truck down the drive to the main truck.


Aug 17, 2019 07:27 AM #43
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

This is really good stuff to help folks hire the mover that will work best for their needs.

Aug 17, 2019 07:50 AM #44
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Featured in the group:  BARTENDER, MAKE IT A DOUBLE.

Aug 17, 2019 07:51 AM #45
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Excellent post on the best tips for moving.  Well deserved FEATURE!

All Moving companies are not the same.  We must be sure to compare - and price should not be the determining factor.

Aug 17, 2019 07:54 AM #46
MaryKay Shumway
The Kellstrom Ray Agency, Inc. (Est. 1948) - Sister Bay, WI
Door County Wisconsin's Real Estate Expert

Great advice, and well deserved feature.  But we only have two companies that service our Peninsula!!  Otherwise you're renting a U-Haul or calling your strong friends/family!

Aug 17, 2019 09:56 AM #47
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy this a really good list of things to consider when choosing a moving company.

Aug 17, 2019 02:56 PM #48
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good evening Kathy Streib ,

What a fantastic anyone thinking of moving should be reading. Wise advice to consider when you are planning on making a move.

Aug 17, 2019 05:29 PM #49
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Always hire local guys for local. Their rates are lower than national brand.

Aug 18, 2019 06:57 AM #50
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Congratulations on the well deserved feature!

Excellent tips on hiring movers. 

Aug 18, 2019 03:50 PM #51
Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

Yes indeed I wish I had read this before I moved in June! I've reblogged this and stated that no matter how many times we move, we easily forget what's involved (kind of like forgetting how labor pain felt because now we're mothers.)

Aug 19, 2019 08:41 AM #52
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Good Afternoon Kathy Streib 

This is an informative post that is worth bookmarking, which I did 

Aug 19, 2019 11:42 AM #53
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

Great and useful topic because everytime I've moved, there's always been something that has gone wrong.

Aug 19, 2019 12:59 PM #54
John Henry, Florida Architect
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Thanks, Kathy.  I wish I'd known to do this before hiring movers in the past.  Great checklist to keep!  Good post.  Kathy Streib 

Aug 20, 2019 07:25 AM #55
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

Kathy, this is a very helpful post!  Pp often ask me about moving companies and ...the last experience I had was a disaster!  It's helpful to have those questions ready to ask. Thanks

Aug 21, 2019 01:34 PM #56
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Those are GREAT tips!  Having moved with corporate relocations a few times, I can attest to your list.  I did receive all of the professional help anyone would want, but doing it on your own, well there's lots of extra work.  Your list is invaluable - and I"m sure you speak from experience!

Aug 25, 2019 05:19 PM #57
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