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Choosing a Reputable Moving Company

By Allison Halliday | September 14, 2017

After the sale is closed on your dream home and you are making preparations to move in, you’ll almost certainly need to choose a reputable moving company. An article in Realtor.com highlights the importance of choosing a trustworthy firm.

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It points out that these are the people that will be handling all your possessions and that doing your due diligence will help ensure your moving day goes more smoothly. The article offers useful tips on how to make sure your chosen moving company is trustworthy. For a start, they must have a state license to operate if you are moving within the state. If you are moving out-of-state, your moving company should have a unique license number which is issued by the United States Department of Transportation. It is also vital that your chosen moving company has up-to-date insurance and you should never trust anybody who doesn’t have these two credentials. Otherwise, you could simply be hiring someone who helps people move home on the side and if something goes wrong you could be left high and dry they don’t have the proper insurance.

Another way to make your choice is to check online reviews which can give you a good overview as to how well the company has performed in the past. The article advises looking beyond the star rating to see how many reviews a company actually has and provided the good ones outweigh any bad reviews, they should be reputable. One good source to check the reliability of a moving company is the Better Business Bureau.

When getting a quote, it’s vital the moving company actually comes around to assess your belongings as the size of the home doesn’t in any way indicate the amount of possessions you may have. While some people may have a minimalist approach to furnishings others may be true pack rats. While quotes can vary considerably, the article cautions that you generally get what you pay for and it’s important to go with a company that has the proper packing materials and equipment and the knowledge to safely move your treasured possessions.

Allison Halliday is a Realty Biz News contributing writer. She handles International Real Estate and is a seasoned blogger.
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