Planning a move is a stressful event, only made more so when it’s time to select a reliable home mover.
The Better Business Bureau receives thousands of complaints about movers in the U.S. each year. Avoid the pitfalls of lost or damaged property, being charged for un-worked time, and surprise charges to your bill by following these guidelines from moving.com and the experts at Changing Places:
1. Get Trusted Referrals
Rather than starting with an internet search, begin by asking friends, family and acquaintances for recommendations. Call Changing Places for a vetted list of Bay Area Movers!
2. Don’t Settle: Get multiple estimates
Get in-person estimates from at least three different Bay Area moving companies, since they need to see your items to make it thorough.
3. Use A Licensed Company
A U.S. DOT number is issued to interstate movers by the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. If you are moving out of state, verify the company’s license through protectyourmove.gov to find their DOT number. You’ll need it if you need to file a claim later.
4. Check The Better Business Bureau and online reviews
Find the moving company’s track record for free online at the BBB. Only use companies with accreditation or with good ratings. Online reviews like Yelp or Google can also prove useful.
5. Insure your Move and Beware of Packing Valuables Yourself
Your home mover will not insure items their team didn’t pack, since they can’t vouch for the packing quality. Even local moves benefit from “full value protection” mover insurance, for peace of mind that your fragile and valuable items make it safely.
Don’t let choosing a moving company become overwhelming–Changing Places can help.
We have a vast network of vetted Bay Area moving companies that can assist with local, national, and international moves.
Contact us at 415.461.6257, or click the button below, to find the best Bay Area moving company for your relocation: