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Tips on How to Find the Best Moving Company  June 30, 2017 – 10:34 am

Young Couple Moving In To New Home TogetherWhen I was planning my move from Washington, D.C., to Detroit, I didn’t know how to find a reliable moving company in my area. Since I knew very few people there, I was unsure how to find solid referrals. I didn’t have a ton of furniture but just enough that I didn’t want to sell everything and start over again in Michigan.

I felt like mover hunting was more daunting than other tasks due to a lack of information. At the time, I wasn’t aware of online resources like Angie’s List. Angie’s List is a service listing and review website where you can find a variety of companies in your area. So I ended up finding a small moving company on Craigslist. Overall, the cost and customer service was decent so I was glad that I had a good experience.

Melissa Moravec works as a Detroit-based senior relocation coordinator for the Quicken Loans Family of Companies. Every month she helps dozens of new hires and transferring employees with their relocation needs.

“The majority of the people I support are moving to Detroit, but I often help with moves all over the country, including Hawaii, ” said Moravec, who has worked in her role for two and a half years. “I’ve learned some helpful tips just from getting feedback from people after their move.”

Here are Melissa’s five pointers.

Tip #1: Word of Mouth Rules

The first thing to do is to ask your family members, colleagues and friends whether they would recommend a moving company in your area. You can also ask them for any helpful tips they can share.

“I know a lot of people rely on Internet searches to find a moving company, but I am a firm believer in word of mouth, ” she said. “Ask the people you know about their moving experiences; it’s the best way to find a reliable mover.”

Moving scams are common, and you want to ensure the company you work with is legit. Pay a visit to the company to see whether it seems like it’s a reputable establishment. Are the trucks labeled clearly? You can search for your prospective company’s motor carrier license information on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s website. Put in the company’s USDOT number, which should be listed on their website or other company-related collateral, to see if everything looks acceptable.

Tip #2: Assess Your Needs

While a national moving company is best for an interstate move, it may ideal to use a local business for a move that’s across town or within your state.

Determine what you need from a moving company since each one varies in costs, services and claim coverage they offer. Consider: truck size, packing services, moving supplies, long-distance movers or even short-term storage.

“It’s so important to know how fast you’ll need your stuff delivered because this may determine whether you need short-term housing, ” Moravec explained. “One guy I worked with told me that his stuff took almost a month to arrive in his last move! So specifically ask for a delivery date estimate so you can plan accordingly.”

Moravec said she’s found that some people don’t fully understand how long-distance moves work.

“Some people don’t realize that some movers load your stuff along with two or three other families’ stuff onto a big truck, ” she began. “They aren’t going to trail your family car on the route to your new city. You’ll probably have to wait two or three days for your stuff to arrive on the truck.”

Decide whether you plan to box your own belongings or whether you’ll need the company’s packing services, she said.

Source: www.quickenloans.com

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