Tips for Hiring Movers

You have purchased a new home and must now make some big decisions regarding the moving process. Should you hire professional movers, or do it yourself? There are benefits to both scenarios but here are a few thing to consider while weighing your options.

1. Do your due diligence when selecting a moving company

Before you hire a moving company, research the reputations of your local options. You are entering into a partnership with this company, make sure you are comfortable with who you are working with.

What are you looking for during this process?

  • Check reviews of the moving company online. Great ways to do this are checking the Better Business Bureau, Google reviews, or Yelp. There are a few others but these are significant and reputable resources for reviews.
  • Make sure the company is licensed and insured. Companies in Illinois must have a household goods license issued by the Illinois Commerce Commission in order to legally operate in IL. You can contact the Illinois Movers’ and Warehousemen’s Association to find out if the moving company is licensed in Illinois.
  • Companies offering interstate moving services (state to state moves) must be licensed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to legally operate.
  • If it is a local move, ask what their hourly rate is. All local moves in Illinois, inside 35 miles from origin to destination, are charged by the hour including travel time.

2. Get multiple moving quotes

  • Ask about having your moving cost estimated on-site – that is, in your home. Especially on long distance or interstate moves. It is vital that the moving company have a clear understanding of what needs to be done to facilitate your move.
  • Get multiple quotes in order to compare prices and ask questions. The cheapest quote is not always the best option. Sometimes, paying a little extra money for a reputable and solid moving company far outweighs the stress that comes along with a shady outfit.

3. Ask the right questions of your potential mover

Want to ask the right questions?

  • How long has your company been in business?
  • What kind of insurance do you offer?
  • What type of deposits do you require?
  • What will happen if any of my items get broken or missing?