Choosing the appropriate moving company might be difficult. NBC Boston received complaints about goods vanishing after movers were hired in 2021. According to NBC Boston, couples lodged allegations regarding missing or vanished belongings when they handed over their possessions to what they believed was a reputable mover.
Moving is stressful enough, but having your belongings arrive damaged or with a surprise charge is simply awful. To prevent it, investigate potential moving companies. It just takes a little bit of additional time, and it will save you a lot of trouble.
1. Get Reference.
It might be difficult to locate a moving company when you’re looking on the Internet or through a phone book. Ask your friends, family members, and coworkers if they’ve had a good experience with their moving company. If they have, ask for the contact information of the moving company so you can get a quote. If you’re working with a real estate agent, ask them for a recommendation. You may also obtain quotes from Boston Best Rate Movers if you use their service.
2. Go by the Rule of Threes.
Don’t accept the first estimate you’re given. No business can really provide you with a complete quote without seeing your belongings. Get at least three quotes from different moving companies before choosing one. Quotes should be free and have no obligation.
3. Get the Details in Writing.
Request a written estimate from the moving company that includes the services to be provided, dates of service, and cost. The estimate should also list the movers’ liability insurance coverage.
4. Keep an eye out for red flags.
Keep a lookout for red flags during the estimate. Most reputable moving firms will not require a cash deposit before you depart. Some common moving company scams include asking for a large deposit before the move, guaranteeing to save you money on your move, and providing a low estimate that increases as the move date gets closer. Also, take note of how professional or unprofessional the movers appear during the quote process. If they don’t turn up on time, have no confidence in their abilities, or can’t answer your questions, look for a new company. And watch out for any movers who show up in a rented moving truck. A professional moving company will have its own equipment.
5. Verify the mover's credentials and insurance coverage.
The Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issues a U.S. DOT number to licensed interstate movers. If you’re moving out of state, check the mover’s license through protectyourmove.gov and get its U.S. DOT number; you’ll need it if you have to file a claim against the firm later on; Local agencies can be found through the FMCSA’s contacts database.
6. Verify with the Better Business Bureau to be sure it's a legitimate business.
Look into the moving company’s track record with the Better Business Bureau, which you may access for free online. Choose a mover that is BBB certified or has a good rating. If the moving firm isn’t listed with the BBB, seek one that is.
7. Inquire About Professional Certification.
Before giving a membership or a seal of approval, trade organizations investigate businesses. The American Moving and Storage Association’s ProMover logo should be shown by a moving company. You may also try looking for approved firms on the American Moving and Storage Association’s Moving.org website.
8. Read the Reviews.
Once you’ve found a few potential moving companies, take the time to read online reviews. This will give you an idea of what others have experienced with the company and whether or not they would recommend using them.
9. Check the Address.
Look up the moving company’s address on Google or through your phonebook. Confirm that the moving company’s address is listed and registered under the company names. Any address identified as a home should be avoided.
Boston Best Rate Movers is a family-owned and operated moving company that has been providing quality moving services to Boston for over 19 years. We are a BBB-accredited business with an A+ rating and are proud members of the American Moving and Storage Association. Our movers are professionally certified and insured, and we offer a wide range of services to meet your moving needs, including full-service moves, packing and unpacking, and storage. We are also one of the few moving companies in Boston that offer a free, no-obligation estimate. For more information or to schedule a move, please call us today at (617) 787-3528.