Homeowners hire moving companies to help reduce the stress of moving day and make the entire process a breeze. Unfortunately, choosing the wrong movers can make your relocation more difficult than it has to be.

That’s why it’s so important to conduct proper research and compare companies become hiring movers. This one decision can mean the difference between a great moving experience and a poor experience.

To ensure you hire the right movers, keep these signs of a great moving company in mind when making your decision.

1. Great Reviews, Testimonials, and References

As part of your due diligence when narrowing down your choices, you should be looking at reviews and testimonials online. Most moving companies will have these posted on their websites, but it’s a good idea to seek out third-party reviews as well to get an unbiased perspective of the different companies you’re considering. You may even want to go one step further and ask the company directly for customer references from the past 12 months. This should give you a well-rounded idea of how others perceive the company.

2. Accurate Quotes

One of the top complaints homeowners have about moving companies is unexpected fees. These often result from quotes that are inaccurate or poorly explained. The moving company representatives should physically come to your home before giving you a quote for services. How many floors you have, how many rooms are in the home, how much large furniture needs to be moved, and approximately how many boxes will need to be moved will all need to be considered in your quote. Having an inventory list will help the representative create a more accurate quote.

In addition, the quote should also explain which services or materials are included and which ones may result in additional costs, such as packing services, moving boxes, or moving blankets.  Insurance inclusions and exclusions and an hourly rate should also be included.

3. Professional and Punctual Workers

If your movers say they’ll be there at 8 am, they should be there at 8 am. Being punctual is not only professional and polite, but it’s also critical when it comes to reserved parking spots and elevators. You don’t want to be left scrambling to change the time at the last moment. In addition, the workers should be professional—handling your possessions with care, taking only short breaks, and clearly communicating with you when required.

Take note of these factors when reading testimonials and reviews.

4. The Right Equipment

Does the moving company offer the use of carts and dolleys? Does it have a truck large enough to fit all your belongings in one load? The employees should also have the right safety and lifting gear to move your possessions carefully and safely. Ask your representative which pieces of equipment the workers will be using.

5. A Variety of Services

Did you know movers can do more than just physically move your belongings from one location to another? If you need storage options, packing services, or unpacking services, you should be able to receive the help you need from your chosen moving company.

6. Top-Rate Insurance

While professional movers will take great care to keep your possessions safe, sometimes accidents happen or items go missing. If this occurs, you should be covered by top-rate insurance. Make sure the company you choose offers great insurance policies, so you can have peace of mind in case something goes wrong.

These six signs are indicative of a great moving company. If you can check these off your list, you’ll know you’ve made the right choice with the movers you hire.

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