If you’re planning a move, you probably want to get to your new location quickly. Most movers feel that way, but unfortunately, it also causes movers to make hasty decisions when it comes to the moving company they hire to help.

You should never go with the first moving company you find after conducting a search on the internet. It is important to compare moving companies carefully to ensure you choose the one that will provide you with the exact kind of support you’re looking for.

Exactly how do know which company is the best? From local moving to long distance moving, here are five of the best ways to research and compare moving companies before you start packing your boxes.

Compare Reviews of Each Business

A professional, experienced mover is worth their weight in gold. That means they sometimes cost more upfront, but they’ll save you a lot of headaches, and they may be able to save you money in the long run on the cost of damaged belongings and lost items.

The best way to determine the quality of each mover is to take a look at their reviews online. You can also request in-depth reviews from each company.

Just make sure you take each review with a grain of salt. Every company has both positive and negative reviews. It’s your job to find companies with more quality positive reviews than negative ones.

Get Multiple Moving Quotes

It’s important to get a quote before you hire a moving crew, but don’t stop at one. After you research the reviews of a few companies, request quotes.

Calling in and getting a general quote is a good first step, but you should take getting quotes a step further by requesting in-home quotes. It’s the best way to get the most accurate estimates, so you aren’t surprised by a higher moving bill after it’s all over.

Look Carefully at Each Quote

You may be tempted to pick the mover that offers the lowest quote, but you really do have to dig in and take a deeper look at each estimate.

For example, you may discover one company’s quote is more affordable because they aren’t including a service that you want to take advantage of. You’ll want to see if the estimate is based on hourly service, which means it could end up costing more. Look to see which companies offer free materials and services too, as that can help you pay less during your move.

Compare Each Company’s Complete List of Services

Think you don’t need help unpacking, or want to skip storing some of your items before the move? Although you may not think you need those services now, you may change your mind later. If you do, and you discover your mover doesn’t offer the services you’re looking for, you’ll have to go without or hire another crew. What a pain!

Do yourself a favor and look at each company’s full list of services, so you can choose the one with the right ones for you.

Experience and Professionalism

The last step when determining the right moving crew to hire is to look at their experience and professionalism.

Years in business is a good indication that a company provides quality service, but newer companies can provide great service too. Look for:

·  Licensing information
·  Industry Accreditations, like being a ProMover with the American Moving and Storage Association
·  Partnership with national moving companies, like Atlas
·  Accreditation and awards with other organizations, like the Better Business Bureau

Add Daniel's Moving & Storage to your list of moving companies to research! Give us a call, or fill out our online form, and we’d be happy to tell you how our team will go above and beyond to provide you with an easy-breezy moving experience.