You're officially a homeowner! But before you throw your housewarming party, you'll need to move all of your stuff to your new home sweet home. One of the easiest ways to do this is by hiring some help. If you're curious about what to look for when vetting movers, we have some pointers that should make the scouting process and decision easy.
1. Get an estimate
Moving companies offer estimates, so you know what to expect ahead of time. They'll ask about your space — number of bedrooms, size of the kitchen, etc. A good, local company will even send someone to your house to analyze the size of the job, which will give you a much more accurate ballpark.
2. Look for hidden costs
Some moving companies will give you a low estimate but charge for additional time, weight and even flights of stairs. Make sure to read the fine print to understand the contract. The closer you get to a flat fee, the better, even if the estimate looks higher upfront. This way, you'll be protected from a moving company that upcharges for every little thing.
3. Read the reviews
Take the time to read the reviews. Learn what people liked and didn't like about their experience with each moving company. A little research can help you figure out if the company is right for you — and help you steer clear of a potentially negative experience. Many complaints are typically a deal-breaker, but many satisfied customers are a green flag.
4. Check credentials
Ask about their license and insurance to ensure the company is legitimate and operating responsibly. You can also check with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) online to see if there are any official dings against the company.
5. Don’t automatically go with the lowest estimate
You get what you pay for — that age-old saying is true. We love a good deal, but if someone offers a dirt-cheap price significantly lower than every other estimate, that could be a bad sign. Your possessions are valuable, so it’s worth it, in the long run, to pay a little bit more to make sure everything arrives — and in one piece.
Sometimes paying a little more upfront is the most cost-saving move you can make.
6. Consider DIY
A great way to save money without taking the risk of working with an unfamiliar moving company is to do it yourself. You can rent a truck for a lower cost than hiring the pros.
Enlist the help of family and friends you trust to help you get the job done. You can have a packing pizza party or invite them over for a home-cooked dinner once you've settled into your new home to thank them for their time and effort.
Speaking of settling in, read more about DIY kitchen storage ideas for tips on how to organize your kitchen after you unpack.
Moving can feel daunting, but with some help, you’ll feel right at home soon. If you’re not a homeowner yet, but interested in taking the next step, you can contact our Home Guides today. We’re happy to answer any questions or set up a tour.