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How to Find the Best Local Movers in Your Area: 10 Things You Should Know

Posted on 
October 21, 2021

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Moving is one of the most stressful and difficult processes in life. You have to pack all your belongings, load them onto a truck, and then unload them at the new place. It's not an easy job. But if you find a good moving company, it can make all the difference. Whether you need to move locally or long distances, finding a good mover that fits your needs can be challenging.

This blog post will help you find out what things to look for when choosing movers. We'll discuss 10 tips that will make finding the best local movers easier than ever before!

1. Ask friends and family for recommendations

Everyone knows that word of mouth is the best way to find out about a service. If you ask your friends and family members for their opinion on local moving companies, they will tell you all the good places where they've hired movers before - as well as those who left them disappointed with subpar services.

But don't just go with the first guys you hear about. Make a list of movers that your friends and family recommend, then call all those companies to get more information on their services and prices.

When making this list, don't forget to include any company recommended by people who live in other areas than yours: if they had a great experience with long-distance moving companies, they would be the perfect people to ask for recommendations on out-of-state companies.

After getting information about all these moving services, you'll have an easier time choosing the best one!

Don't forget that by asking your friends and family members for their help with this process you're not just taking a shortcut: it's also a nice thing to do. If you're moving, then your friends and family probably know people who are going through the same process. So if they recommend a good company to you, make sure that when it's their turn to move, you'll be there for them too!

2. Find out what companies are available in your area 

It is important to find out what moving companies are available in your area – and there's a simple way of doing it: by using the Internet.

Many people use this great invention every day, so you can be sure that if you search for local movers online, you'll get plenty of information about all these services. Check out their websites and look for customer reviews. If you find a few companies that have good ratings and seem to fit your needs, it's time to contact them by phone or email for more information.

Once you've got more information on the companies that are available in your area, it's time to start comparing their prices and services. There is no point of going with a company offering lower rates – if they don't have good reviews from previous clients. On the other hand, even though a moving service looks cheaper than others, you should always check the fine print to make sure that their prices are fair.

There are many moving companies out there, so it will be easy for you to find one offering great rates and services if you spend enough time searching online. It's up to all of us – consumers - to choose movers who offer good customer service at competitive rates!

3. Get quotes from at least three different companies

This step is the most important one in this process. By getting quotes from at least three different companies, you'll be able to compare prices and services between them easily.

When you call these moving companies for information on their rates, ask about all additional fees that might apply – they will most likely charge extra for stairs or elevators, packing supplies, etc. Also, make sure that you get the quote in writing since this will be your proof if something goes wrong during the move (and one of these companies breaks an item or scratches your furniture).

Once you've got all this information from at least three different moving services, it's time to start comparing prices and services: is a company offering a good price but charging extra for things that should be included? Is another one too expensive – or maybe their services are not what you need.

4. Research online reviews thoroughly

If you search online for reviews on a specific company, make sure that you read each and every one of them.

People who have had bad experiences with movers usually write negative reviews about them – but if this hasn't happened yet, they can still leave these types of comments when calling to get information from the moving service. Make sure that you read the reviews carefully because they will help you find out if this company has any problems with its services or not.

If there are many bad comments about a moving service (or even worse – only these types of comments), then it's time to think twice before hiring them! If their rates seemed too good to be true at first sight, then you won't be able to enjoy their services for a long time.

It is important that when searching online, you pay attention to what people are saying about this company in order to make the right choice and find out if they have bad reviews or not. It can even save your life (in case of fire) – but more importantly, it will save you from a lot of hassle and stress associated with having to deal with movers who don't care about the safety or property of their customers.

5. Find out what their packing and moving rates are

When you ask movers for information on their rates, make sure that you find out what these rates cover.

Some companies charge extra for packing supplies (even though they should already be included in the quote), and others might not offer full-service moving – which means that if you want to move some heavy furniture or appliances, there will always be an extra price that you'll have to pay.

When calling for information, ask movers what their rates cover in order to find out if they are offering a full-service moving option or not. This will save you from future problems and headaches when dealing with them during the move itself since it's better to know about these things before hiring moving services.

If you have any questions about their rates, just call the company again and ask for more details – that's why they give you a phone number in the first place! Once everything is clear between you both, then it's time to hire them so that your moving process goes as smoothly as possible.

You can find out if a company offers a full-service moving option or not by simply asking what their rates cover.

6. Make sure they offer all types of services

A moving company that specializes in one type of service only isn't the best choice for you. You want to make sure that they offer all types of services including local moves, long-distance moves, international relocations, etc. This way you will be able to choose what fits your needs and schedule better without having to worry about anything else.

When hiring local movers, it is important that they offer all types of services including local moves, long-distance moves, international relocations, and more. This way you will be able to choose what fits your needs the best without having to worry about anything else.

Make sure moving companies offer these different types of services when looking for reliable movers.

7. Request references from previous clients who have used their services before hiring them.

When calling for information, ask them if you can get a few references from their previous clients. With these types of questions, it's important that you give the company time to collect this information and contact their clients in order to receive feedback about how they handled everything during the moving process.

If movers don't have any recommendations or testimonials to offer, then this is a sign that they don't have good customer service and aren't very reliable which means you should look for other options.

If movers are unable to provide references from previous clients or if their testimonials are not positive, it's best to get moving services elsewhere. This way you will be able to find the best company that can offer you the services you need.

8. Make sure that all of your belongings are insured in case anything happens during the move.

In order to avoid problems, make sure that all your belongings are insured for potential accidents. This way you won't have to worry about anything and the moving process will go a lot smoother since these types of companies usually offer standard insurance rates as part of their service – which means there won't be any extra charges on your end. Always make sure to read the fine print and get a detailed overview of what's covered.

Of course, you might be wondering whether or not this is really necessary – after all, it seems like an extra cost that no one wants to deal with… but just think about how much stress would be saved if your belongings were insured against damage even during transportation. If anything were to happen, you would be able to get reimbursed without much hassle.

9. Look into whether or not they offer packing services

We all know that packing can be a tedious and time-consuming job. That's why it is important to find out what kind of packing services the movers provide before hiring them. The good news is that most moving companies offer different kinds of packaging supplies for your convenience, so you don't have to worry about finding boxes or other types of materials needed for proper loading and unloading.

Packing supplies may include bubble wraps, packing peanuts, stretch film for protecting furniture and mirrors, paper sheets to separate dishes or glassware during the move, protective materials like plastic wrap that can help keep items dry in case of rain or broken seal on moving truck doors, etc. The movers will also offer you different types of boxes for packing purposes.

The movers may also provide you with the moving truck for transportation of your belongings to a new place, but in most cases, there is an allowance included in the price so don't forget about it when quoting a final moving estimate.

If all these are not included in your mover's services list they will definitely know where to refer you to in order for your packing needs to be met.

10. Make sure that you find out how long they've been in business

A lot of moving companies will offer their services at a lower price to get your business, but if they've been in the industry for a long time and have developed an excellent reputation it's likely that you'll pay more.

In addition, many moving companies will also try to hire inexperienced employees as movers because this allows them to cut costs further. If they're newer, they'll also require more training which takes time. So it is important to make sure that you find out how long they've been in business.

If the company has recently opened, it might be best to look elsewhere unless they can provide references or show you what other work they have done before - whether this is storing furniture or moving people into their new homes.

You know what they say, it takes a village to raise a child. Well, the same is true for moving, and finding an affordable local mover can be tricky! But you don't have to do all the heavy lifting yourself anymore with our list of 10 tips. We've got your back from start to finish so that you're able to take care of business without any headaches or hidden fees along the way.

Feeling confident about making this move? Let's get started today! Contact BoxStar Movers at (202) 843 9181 and get a free moving estimate.

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