Everything seems to be in place for a cross country move. You have spent time in your new home city finding the right neighborhood for your family, as well as enrolling your kids in school. Now comes the hard part: Deciding on a company to help you relocate your possessions.
Here’s what to look for in a cross country mover:
Free In-Home Estimate
When you shop around for a cross country moving company, you’re going to hear a lot of advice about getting the best price. Although finding an affordable cross country mover is important, it is more important to find a company that offers superior products and services at a reasonable price. You don’t want to cut corners on a cross country move, which means you should pay for quality. It’s not the price that matters as much as it matters how a cross country mover arrives at a price.
The best companies offer free in home moving estimates. Take advantage of that.
Research, Research, Research
The Internet has made researching companies much easier than using old school methods such as letting your fingers do the walking through the Yellow Pages. Start by checking the Better Business Bureau (BBB) rating given to every company on your short list. An A+ rating from the BBB is the best award a cross country mover can receive. Then, read Yelp and Google reviews to determine the following attributes of a mover:
• Delivery on time
• Quality of products
Online reviews can be helpful, but make sure you follow the time-tested adage of “the more, the merrier.” Companies that have received just a few customer reviews have not established a strong enough reputation for you to make an informed decision.
Word of Mouth
Nothing beats good old fashioned word of mouthing advertising, and we don’t mean digital word of mouth advertising. We mean face-to-face recommendations for moving companies. Start by asking friends and family members for suggestions, and then branch out into the professional world. A great source for a cross country mover recommendation can come from a professional colleague that has recently relocated across the United States. Ask your employer to provide a recommendation, especially if the employer has handled similar moves for employees.
One more thing: Make sure to stay away from companies that hike prices considerably during the busy moving season between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Although demand increases to produce a short term spike in moving costs, reputable companies do not gouge customers during the busy summer season. Moreover, search for a company that offers discounts for bundled products and services. For example, a cross country mover might discount packing products to entice you to sign up for moving services.