Quick Tips For Picking A Moving Company

Moving is stressful at the best of times, and the process of trying to choose the right moving company may be a large part of the reason. We’ve all heard the stories; items lost, stolen or broken, movers holding property ransom, charges far exceeding original quotes, and jobs being completed days (if not weeks) late!

When the time comes to move, you want to be sure that your belongings are in good hands.   You certainly don’t want to show up to your new home to watch the movers delivering your treasured items like this:

Quick Tips For Picking A Moving Company

Unfortunately, not all moving companies are created equal.  Which can make finding the right moving company a tricky job.  So how do you pick the right one?  Here are some tips to help the process along.

Quick Tips For Picking A Moving Company

  1. Ask potential companies if they are bonded and insured and (if they are insured ask for the name of the insurance company and the policy number).
  2. Ask the moving company you are considering for their Workplace Safety and Insurance Board account number. If they don’t have an account number, they don’t have coverage.  Which means that you could be held liable for any injuries their employees receive while on your premises.
  3. Check with the Better Business Bureau and the Canadian Association of Movers to view standings and reviews of potential companies.
  4. Find out if the moving company is using their own equipment for the move.  If the company uses a sub-contractor, find out who that company is and what type of reputation they have.
  5. If the move requires that your items be stored off site for a period of time, find out where the storage facilities are and check out the site.  If this is subcontracted out make sure to find out about the company they plan on using.
  6. If your belongings are to be left overnight in a moving truck, find out where the vehicle is to be left and make sure it is a secure facility.
  7. Create an inventory of EVERYTHING to be moved.  Be thorough, start in the basement and finish in the attic and make sure to take note of any items that require special attention and care during the move.
  8. Ask for an estimate and get it in writing!  Make sure to give the moving company ALL pertinent information and remember to be precise, include any information that may be considered an obstacle (like stairs) as leaving them out of the estimate will most likely cost you extra in the end.  The estimate should include: full estimate of the number of boxes that need to be moved, cost per hour or flat rate costing, services covered (like packing and unpacking),  payment terms and the date and time the services are to be provided and completed.
  9. Make sure the estimate isn’t written on a brown paper bag!  It should, instead, be on company letterhead that states the name, telephone number, and address of the moving company.
  10. If you are packing items yourself make sure to find out about liability and if there are any limitations on the type of boxes or packaging used.
  11. When moving to another country or afar make sure to find out the name and address of the moving agents who will be handling your items at the destination and if there are any special licenses or customs documents required and who will prepare them.
  12. Most reputable moving companies will want to do an inspection of your belongings before completing a quote, if they don’t you should consider whether this company is the one for you!
  13. If the moving company provides insurance make sure to find out what it covers as it may not be as comprehensive as you would like.  Consider purchasing moving insurance if it isn’t adequate.
  14. Consult with a variety of companies and get multiple quotes.  The services and pricing offered will differ from company to company so don’t be afraid to shop around.
  15. If a deposit is required, find out where it is to be held and if it is refundable.  You should also discuss payment options before signing a contract.
  16. Find out if there are any special rates; often it is less expensive to move in the middle of the week or mid-month.



  1. This is a very informative and useful list. By following these suggestions, those preparing to hire a moving company can feel confident about the choice they make.

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  2. Wonderful tips! I am planning my future moving but I am Libra and It’s really difficult for me to make decisions. I hope this time It will be easier to pick a trustworthy moving company – thanks to your guidelines.

  3. Thanks for sharing this advice on picking a good moving company! I think the most important tip is choosing a company that is insured. You don’t want to have to pay for broken furniture because the movers you hired made a mistake. That is just unfair!

  4. Man and Van Morden is the best removal service for the people of sutton. man and van providing best moving services to their customers they also providing affordable and quality moving services.

  5. House moving from one place to another Is very tedious task to process but the basic difficult task is to hire reliable moving company so first read and get useful tips about house moving company.

  6. Useful information – thanks for sharing


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