Tips to Choosing the Right Movers: A Practical Guide by SHIFT Storage

Sandy Dow
March 24th, 2024

When it comes to selecting movers for your upcoming relocation, it's essential to make the right choice. Here's a straightforward guide to help you navigate the process:
Step 1: Research Thoroughly -Start by researching various moving companies in your area. Look for reviews and ratings online, ask for recommendations from friends or family, and check if they are licensed and insured. Verify Online Reviews, BBB, TXDOT and OKDOT ratings.

2: Evaluate Services Offered - Consider what services each moving company offers. Do they provide packing and unpacking assistance? Will they move upstairs?Do they protect your goods during transit? If so, is there any additional charges? Will they use moving equipment to speed up the moveing times? Determine which services align with your specific needs.

Step 3: Request Quotes - Reach out to several moving companies and request detailed quotes for your move. Be sure to inquire about any additional fees or charges that may apply, such as mileage, trip, or gas charges. Ask if there are extra charges to wrap or protect your goods in transit, and if there are any other additional charges or fees.

Step 4: Verify Credentials - Before making a decision, verify the credentials of each moving company. Ensure they are properly licensed and insured to protect your belongings during the move.

Step 5: Review Contracts Carefully - Once you've narrowed down your options, review the contracts carefully before signing anything. Pay close attention to the terms and conditions, including cancellation policies and liability coverage. Ask how many movers will be included, as having three movers for hourly rates can be more effective than two. Will there be any additional mlage, trip or gas charges?

Step 6: Understand the Claim Process - Inquire about the claim process in the event of damage to your belongings during the move. Make sure you understand the steps you need to take to file a claim and how the moving company will handle it.

Step 7: Confirm Reservation Details and Contingency Plan (Because SHIFT Happens, Right?) Alright, so you've found the perfect movers, but before you do your happy dance, let's talk about locking in that reservation. Confirm if your moving day is as secure as Fort Knox and what happens if the moving crew gets stuck in traffic or decides to take an unexpected detour to the nearest donut shop. You want to be sure that your moving day isn't a comedy of errors but rather a smooth, well-choreographed dance of boxes and furniture. So, make sure they've got a plan B (and maybe even a plan C) in case Murphy's Law decides to crash the party.

Conclusion: Choose Wisely - Selecting the right movers can make all the difference in ensuring a smooth and stress-free relocation. By following these steps and asking the right questions, you can find a reputable moving company that meets your needs and budget. With SHIFT Storage, you can trust we want your moving and storage experience to be a smooth one wit the help of these tips!