Finding the Best Moving Companies
Moving is both exciting and hectic, especially when you’re relocating to or from Hawaii. One of the most important things you’ll need to do is locate and get quotes from the best moving companies out there. Finding the best mover, whether you’re making a local or long distance move, involves choosing a company that is reputable and reliable. From getting an estimate to finding a mover that will handle your furniture and possessions with care, here are some suggestions to help you select the moving company that is right for you.
Where to Begin
Your first instinct may be to jump online, but staying off the internet during your initial search will help you avoid online scammers. Internet brokers can take advantage of customers because they aren’t federally regulated and have poor consumer protection laws. Word of mouth is the best way to start, so talk to your friends and coworkers about movers they’ve used. You can also ask local real estate agents for recommendations. Look for companies that have been operating for ten years or more. While you’re searching for movers, you may also want to see if you’re eligible for a moving-cost tax deduction.
Getting a Physical Estimate
You should compare estimates from at least three movers. According to law, movers can only tell you rates on the phone. For an estimate, have each company come out for an in-home visit. Make sure they get a good look at everything you’ll be moving so you won’t be hit with extra charges on moving day. Estimates should be written, include charges for services, and be calculated by weight, not volume. Ensure that you’re clear on exactly what the price includes – seemingly cheap quotes may not include protection or have hidden fees. Ask for references and take down the company’s information, including company name, years of operation, address, phone numbers, Department of Transportation (DOT) and Operating Authority (MC) license numbers, web site, and email addresses.
How to Make Sure a Company is Reputable
The best moving companies are legitimate, experienced, and won’t rip you off or treat your furniture and belongings carelessly.
- Search online at the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to verify all the information you’ve collected and check if the company is licensed and insured.
- Call their references.
- Visit their office to confirm their identity and determine if the operation looks legitimate. Look for a fleet of company-owned and clearly marked trucks, not rentals.
- Go online and read reviews on sites like the Better Business Bureau, MovingScam.com, and Yelp to see what kind of experience others have had with the company.
- You should receive a booklet titled “Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move,” which movers are required by law to give you.
- Never sign anything that you don’t fully understand. Be suspicious if the mover requires cash or a deposit prior to starting, or asks you to sign blank or incomplete documents.
Shipping & Scheduling
Additional information about shipping practices and scheduling can affect your decision. Here are some things to consider.
- You should receive an order for service, which will list services and dates of pickup and delivery.
- Find out what the delivery schedule is. Some companies provide a delivery window instead of a specific date. This can affect your plans, especially if you’re making a long-distance move.
- Particularly for moves to Hawaii, you’ll want to make sure that the company specializes in moving long distance and shipping overseas.
You can rely on Royal Hawaiian Movers for a professional and stress-free move to Hawaii or the mainland. Reach out to us to request a quote today.