How to Find the Best Moving Deal

By Moving Staff

Now that you know you are moving, it's time to hire a moving company. Searching for one will require time, research and in-house meetings so that the movers can actually look at your belongings and give you a moving estimate. When you are meeting with them, you will notice that some companies charge more than others, mainly because of a higher level of service, a greater reputation or a higher demand for their services. On the flip side, moving companies charging substantially less than the competition are probably pricing their services at this level for a reason – and you might even find yourself the victim of a moving fraud for those rogue movers that give lowball estimates, only to raise the final price later.

Here's a checklist of items to help you determine the best moving company (which will also help you to score the best deal).

1. Plan: The moving business is cyclical, with most moves taking place in the summer, between April and September. The further ahead you plan your move and start your conversations with potential service providers, the better the chance you will be able to have your first choice of movers, and perhaps better service too because they'll be under less stress.

2. Interview: When you locate three-five companies that you are interested in meeting arrange a time for them to come over to your place for an estimate. This price should also include all of the services that the moving quote covers such as boxes, packing supplies and time of your move. Make sure you ask the movers questions including anything from company history to bringing up "what if" scenarios if they worst situation may occur and what the mover would do. This is also a good time to talk about anything unique to your space such as narrow steps or furniture that needs to be taken apart.

3. Research: Based on what the moving company told you, check their references, the type of equipment that use and how they screen and train their employees. Inquire if the moving company is a member of national associations like the Better Business Bureau, the American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA) or state associations; this participation indicates an adherence to certain operating principles and training, as well as required licenses that they need in order to stay in business.

4. Negotiate: With most moving quotes you receive there will be some negotiating room. Most likely, your request will result in some discounts or additional services being provided to help the moving company finalize the deal. You'll have more leverage in the slow season. At worst, you asked and the refused, but you'll never know unless you try.

5. Trust your Instincts: If you find two or three companies you are comfortable with, go with your gut. Think about your interactions with the company. Did you get along with the moving company? Were they responsive and professional? Was the staff knowledgeable and helpful and would they be available if something happened and you needed to speak to them?