Finding a Reputable Moving Company

Watching someone drive off with a truck full of your worldly possessions can add anxiety to your already stressful relocation process. Lessen the worry by choosing a company that you can trust with your belongings. A variety of research methods will enable you to make an educated choice and have more peace of mind on moving day.

Gather Recommendations

Once you’ve determined that you want to hire a moving company to help you transport your belongings rather than attempting to move them yourself, narrow the field with some basic footwork. Ask friends, co-workers, relatives and neighbors for recommendations. Once you’ve got several names, check them against consumer review websites and with the Better Business Bureau to ensure they have no troubling complaints or violations.

Check Qualifications

After narrowing the field, do a deeper research dive on the local movers Tampa that you’re considering. Check the company’s credentials on a database such as the Registration Search on the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Household Goods Program website. In addition to checking if the company is licensed in your area, investigate its driver safety history and whether it’s insured to protect your belongings during the packing process, transit and unloading.

Meet Representatives

Unless you have a simple move with a few pieces of furniture, most reputable moving companies will require a consultation during which a sales representative will determine the square footage of your current home, the size and type of belongings you want to move and any packing or unpacking services you’ll need. Firms that only provide phone estimates and offer a price much lower than the competition may not be as thorough or trustworthy as you’d like. In addition, consider if the mover has trucks that will accommodate the size of your mood, offers packing supplies and services and has a time and date available that suits your schedule.

Trust Your Instincts

After you’ve vetted possible movers, the decision should come down to the company that you feel the most confidence in. A bad feeling after a consultation or a strong dislike of a consultant should take precedence over a friend’s glowing recommendation for the firm.

Don’t let just anyone wrap, relocate and unpack your furniture, accessories, housewares and more. Ensure you’ve investigated your potential mover thoroughly to find the one that will not only give you confidence, but also lessen your stress as you head to a new home.

Meet the Author

Karie Herring

Karie Herring rambles of a former life in Phoenix, AZ while raising a teen and tween twins in their new home in Orlando, FL. She has been featured in AOL Money & Finance, Betty Confidential and Career School Now. She's a full-time technical writer, functional fitness athlete, overachieving wife and mom. She loves talking about maneuvering motherhood, womanhood, and her passion for essential oils and natural living.

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