Are you planning to move your family to a new home soon? Perhaps you have taken a new job in a new state, or you just need a bigger home for your growing family and are planning to move across town. No matter where, or why you are moving, movers can help make sure you belongings get there safely.

While there are many reputable movers, there are also many movers who are unethical. There are several signs to look for when choosing a mover that will help you pick movers you can trust. The first place to look is the Better Business Bureau, or BBB, website. This should be your most trusted resource. You should also look into any review websites to see if you can get an idea of whether or not other customers were satisfied with any of the movers you are considering.

Once you have picked movers who you think are reputable, the next step is to schedule an at home assessment of your furniture and belongings. At-home assessments are industry standard among good movers. If your movers do not offer to do an at-home assessment and insist on doing the assessment over the phone, you should consider finding a new company for your move.

On the day of your at-home assessment, make sure the moving company’s representative arrives on time. This can give you a good indication of how seriously your movers take their responsibilities; if the representative is late without a good reason, your movers may also be late on your moving day. The representative will thoroughly inspect all of your belongings and furniture and determine the approximate cost of the move within the next business day. The representative must give you a copy of “Your Rights and Responsibilities When you Move”. This is a booklet required by Federal regulations. All movers must give it to their clients during the first substantial meeting.

No matter how well you plan and prepare, your moving day is likely to be hectic. Some movers offer to box your belongings for you for an extra charge. While the price of boxing is usually steep, it can save you a lot of time and hassle. If you have the extra money to spare, nothing is better than having movers arrive and take care of your entire move for you from start to finish.

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