Moving can easily become an incredibly stressful experience. Without a moving company you can trust, it could get even worse. For example, say that you hire Bogus Movers to transport your precious belongings and the moving truck never shows up at your new house. You could call the number they gave you and you might get a teenager asking if you want “extra anchovies on your pizza.” And nobody wants more anchovies.
So, the key question: How do you find an ethical and trustworthy moving company with a proven track record?
Do your research. When looking for a great moving company, remember that reputation is built over time. The longer a moving company has been around, the more likely they are to be running an ethical business. Another thing to remember is that it’s easy (and inexpensive) to make a beautiful website for an entirely and utterly fictional company.
Compare your options. Find several good moving companies, and compare their strengths and weaknesses (fees, additional services, etc.). Check out the companies’ records with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and look beyond the rating at the front. Go deeper and investigate the positive comments and complaints.
Ask questions. Ask whether the moving company you are considering will be actually moving your stuff. If they hire another company to do the moving, it would probably be good to “move on.”
Do a little digging. Make sure the company you hire is a legitimate registered business. Visit their storage facility, check out their trucks, and make sure their logos are permanent. If they don’t show up as a registered business and their logos are stuck on with magnets, like grade-school pictures on a fridge, you probably want to “stick” with a different moving company.
Understand what you sign. It’s always a good idea to be sure that you thoroughly understand an agreement, before you sign it. And if the paperwork is blank, definitely do not sign it. They could write in: “…and your first born!” Rumpelstiltskin did it. They could too.
Protect yourself, and the priceless belongings you are moving.
And remember… nobody wants a bad moving experience. Or more anchovies.