With the peak moving season around the corner, many of you will be trying to find just right mover.  Before you begin your search, the best way forward is to evaluate your moving needs.  You should ask yourself these questions:

 

Are you moving locally?  Interstate?  Internationally?

This is a very important question because you will need to assess your choice based on whether or not the moving company can best meet your needs.  You want to make sure that they can handle the transport of your goods elsewhere.  There are special requirements that must be met for interstate and international moves.  Therefore, you will need to assess the companies abilities to move your things.

 

Flexibility

Speak to your movers to evaluate how flexible they are to meet your ever changing circumstances.  Moving can be disrupted with unforeseen situations and you may need to change your plans midstream.  In other words, instead of taking immediate delivery of your goods, you may need to put them in storage because your closing fell through.  Ask these hypotheticals of your mover, because it is important to know that they can make changes to accommodate you.  Most will be able.  However, during peak moving season that could change or limit their flexibility.  Therefore, check ahead of time so that you are reassured before you move.

 

Credentials, licenses and reputation

This is very important in your selection.  You want to make sure that whomever you choose has the credentials and applicable licenses.  Chances are if they have these, they will have a good reputation.  Take the time to do your due diligence.  Research online.  Check out their website.  Go to www.protectyourmove.gov and review their credentials online.  If they have a complaint history it should be located there.  Just remember to get their US DOT number ahead of time to do your research.  Also, ask for references.  

 

Get to know them

Stop by and check out their offices.  This way you will have peace of mind.  Get to know your movers and where they are located.  Ask questions.  Find out if they have storage facilities and how they conduct their operations.  Ask about their employees and if they run background checks on them.

 

Finding the right moving professional to help you will make all the difference in your experience.  So take the time to do that and you will be glad you did.