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How to Avoid Mishaps and Choose the Right Mover

When you’re going to be moving to a new home, whether it is across town, the state, or country, the last thing you want to deal with is the effects of a poor moving company: broken dishes, a cracked television, missing boxes, or dinged walls. Thankfully, you can avoid bad movers and find a good one by being smart and using common sense.

The first thing you need to do when looking for a mover is to consider your destination. Wherever you’re moving will determine who you can turn to for their experience with moving companies. If you’re moving across town or the state, talk to people you know who’ve done either recently and see how they did it, and what their experience was. Generally, your friends and family are a good place to start, and they are always an honest source of information. If you’re moving across the country, you will likely have to look to internet consumer sites, which can be trusted as far as it goes.

Always get a variety of opinions, in any case, and weigh everything you hear before looking into which company to choose.

After you narrowed the moving companies down by getting customers’ reactions, you can contact each company individually and discuss your individual situation and get a quote from them. While you’re talking to the salesperson on the phone, if you find their demeanor in any way unhelpful, remember that there are many other movers who will make sure to give you the best service possible. So if someone doesn’t meet your needs, keep looking. As a general guideline, it is usually best to pay a little bit more for a professional mover than one who simply quotes you a bare minimum hourly wage. Professional movers will to their best to ensure that your belongings reach your new home intact.

Finally, make sure to ask whichever mover you talk to if they are a broker. Moving brokers, or household goods brokers, are not liable to state or federal laws which are in place to protect you. If the person you’re talking to about moving your things is a broker, he is legally immune should something happen to your property. So find someone who can be held accountable. It pays to play it safe, especially with your stuff.