Once you have decided to move, the next big decision you will have to make is to decide whether or not to hire a professional mover and if so who.  Using a service like clickandmove.com (www.clickandmove.com) is a great start.  Once you have an inventory of your household goods, you will be in a better position to understand whether or not you can afford to hire a professional mover.  After you have that decision made, you now have to choose the right professional for your move.  It is important to note that once you receive these estimates from the movers, you definitely want to do some research.

Check with the American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA) (www.moving.org) and the Better Business Bureau (BBB) (www.bbb.org).  You want to get an idea if the moving company has a reputation.  Good, bad or indifferent you definitely want to make the effort to know who you are dealing with ahead of time to prevent any issues later.  After you check with these agencies, you want to meet with the companies you have short-listed with their estimate.  A face-to-face meeting is definitely worth the time.  At that meeting ask the representative for references.  This way you can follow-up and decide on the best moving company for you.  Remember, you should have a good rapport with the person you will be working with and good understanding of the moving company’s services, which is why the extra due diligence is worth the effort in the long run.