Tips for Hiring Movers

Tips for Hiring Movers

Moving can be tedious. It can also be fun: when someone else does all the work. But be sure to do a bit of research before you hire movers to protect your stuff. Or, just read this article: Here are the definitive tips you’ll need to follow when hiring movers!

Moving Policies

If you’re considering hiring movers, it is important to stay informed on their moving policies and practices. Are they liable if your fragile glassware arrives in pieces? It’s also important to know about the business itself. ApartmentHomeLiving.Com provides helpful questions that ensure you or your stuff won’t be left in the dark.

Sign a contract, and make sure all your stuff is protected in it.  Don’t pay a huge deposit, as this is usually indicative of fraud. If you pay off the moving contract before the move is finished, what guarantees the movers will take all your stuff to the new house? According to, paying a large deposit could mean you won’t see your stuff again. Also, take a look at’s explanation of common insurance packages offered by moving companies. This is an added layer of security for your valuables.

One sure-fire sign of a good moving company is one who takes inventory of all your belongings before the move. This inventory is how moving companies generally determine how much it will cost to move your stuff, as this will tell them how much space will be needed for the move and how much approximately your belongings will weigh.

Extra Fees and Move Time

Staying informed can be a chore. An estimate from a professional moving business requires, at times, complicated variables. What must be considered, and what you should ask about, is how long it will take to move your possessions and how will your stuff be handled. Ask about previous experience, and what sort of challenges come with each move. If they have to walk up stairs to move your things, will it cost extra? What about moving things from a side street as opposed to a driveway?

Before you pack up your stuff, you may want to visualize how you will arrange your things before you arrive. Put yourself in the best position by labeling which boxes belong in which rooms. Don’t set unrealistic expectations for your movers. If the new home is a thousand miles away, don’t expect a rush, next-day delivery. And if you do get that rush delivery, you may have moved too fast.

What to Avoid

Definitely do not use a moving company that changed their name recently. This is indicative of fraud or a bad company attempting to escape its well-earned bad reputation. Similarly, avoid extra packing costs by making the time to pack all your things yourself. What’s better, to make a party out of it, inviting friends and family to help you move, or paying $1,000 for the time and people it will take for a professional moving company to pack all your stuff? Similarly, extra moving costs can accrue if movers have to move your things from a parking lot on the other side of the block from where your new place is, walk up three flights of stairs to deliver a couch, or pay for parking.

This is why, ultimately, it is best to never sign a blank contract. You will want to account for every possible situation in the contract so that there will be no hidden fees in the future. Account for the possibility of damages, difficulties with navigating convoluted streets in dense areas of the city, and stairs, parking, and the weight of the packages themselves.

Conclusion: Insurance

As states, you if things don’t go the way as planned, you have nine months to file an insurance claim. And, as they also mention, “All moving companies are required to assume liability for the value of the goods they transport.” You will want to view all the insurance options provided by your movers before the move. With full protection, companies will replace items they damage during the move or repair them. Alternative levels of liability make the mover responsible for about 60 cents per pound for each item. This option must be explicitly agreed to in the contract.

As you pack your things for the next big move, make sure to be cautious about which moving company you choose to handle your stuff. And following the tips above will put you in the best place to succeed.

37 replies
  1. Luke Smith
    Luke Smith says:

    Thanks for the tip about staying informed on the moving policies and practices of any moving company that you are considering using. I imagine that knowing how a company typically handles a move would make it easier for you to figure out whether or not they are right for you. I am sure that online reviews and reports from businesses like the BBB would be useful as well.

  2. Yilliang Peng
    Yilliang Peng says:

    Thanks for the advice on what to consider when hiring movers! I really appreciate it when they take extra precaution and tape up your walls so there cannot be any damage done. Understanding each other and being able to communicate with the workers is also important. Thanks again!

  3. Jenna Hunter
    Jenna Hunter says:

    We are in desperate need to move since my mother is about to die. We want to spend her last months close so we are looking for an apartment near her. it was nice to read in the text that before you pack up your stuff, you may want to visualize how you will arrange your things before you arrive. We will keep this in mind when we start packing tonight!

  4. John
    John says:

    My wife and I are moving at the end of the year, but dread the thought of having to do the move ourselves. We’ve been considering looking for local moving help from a reliable moving company, but we’re a little nervous. I think the article’s suggestion to get informed about a moving company’s policies and practices prior to hiring them might help us feel more comfortable hiring movers.

  5. Tristan
    Tristan says:

    Very joyful post. Moving house is one of the most stressful activities in a human’s life. These movers can take care of all details, major moving companies have excellent insurance coverage, so you don’t have to worry about losing your furniture or other stuff because of a road accident.interesting and useful information. This was an excellent article. It has some valuable content on this topic. Thanks for such post and keep it up.

  6. Dave Anderson
    Dave Anderson says:

    I agree that moving can be very tedious and is always stressful. I have always dreaded the process of packing up and moving boxes from the old house to the new house because of how long and tiring it is. I like the idea of having a moving company come over to do all of the loading of the trucks and the house for me. I think that it would definitely be worth it to find a moving company to save time and energy.

  7. Storage Zone
    Storage Zone says:

    Excellent pointers. These are really the questions that must be clarified in order to get a full understanding of the policies that shall dictate the liabilities of parties under unexpected circumstance. Thank you, we will share this article.

  8. Kylie Dotts
    Kylie Dotts says:

    I really liked your advice to visualize how you want to arrange things before you arrive at the new location you are moving things to. I think it’s good to remember that although a moving company you hire will do a good job, they aren’t superheroes and can’t read your mind. Visualizing where you want to put stuff will help the movers be more efficient because you will know where you want them to put stuff. My brother is going to be moving by the end of the year so I’m going to tell him about visualizing and planning where things are going to go in his new home.

  9. Douglas Collins
    Douglas Collins says:

    When you have to relocate to a your new home, you will find the help of a trusted moving company. No one becomes so comfortable allowing the outsiders to handle your personal belongings. So, most of you use different search methods to hire a good mover. You also check their policies and compare their charges as per facilities. You have to also ask them to confirm you about the number of days they will take to transport your items. For the security of your goods, ask them whether they provide the insurance facilities or not.

  10. Marcus Coons
    Marcus Coons says:

    I totally agree with you in that it is important to do some research before hiring a moving company. It makes sense that comparing several companies and reading online reviews can help you find the best to care for your items as you move to a new house. Personally, I would want to make sure I take the time to assess my needs and choose a company that has all the equipment needed to move my stuff safely and efficiently.

  11. Steven
    Steven says:

    Next month we are moving in Chicago. So we are looking for reliable and fast movers who make our move easy. Great information you have shared. Please keep sharing!

  12. Robert Wilson
    Robert Wilson says:

    Great tips. I would also add 2 things to that.

    1 – ask friends and family for recommendations, maybe somebody you know moved recently and they can tell you a bit more about the company they have hired for moving their stuff.
    2 – Insurance, insurance & insurance. Ask the company that you want to hire if they have an insurance and what it covers, just in case your stuff gets damaged while moving and a must if you have valuable stuff that you need to move.

  13. Sateesh
    Sateesh says:

    Be careful when hiring movers. Do your homework. Ask friends, neighbors, family, co-workers who they’ve used. Also, call up 3-4 movers and get quotes from all, and chat with them a bit to make sure they’re not scammers.

  14. Aashi
    Aashi says:

    Moving is usually stressful so I appreciate the tips you gave for making it an easier. For residential moving I think I’ll leave it to professionals next time around that should make things go much quicker. Thanks for the moving tips!

  15. Deb Pearl
    Deb Pearl says:

    My family is moving soon and we were thinking of maybe hiring a moving company to help us out. That’s a good idea to ask the company if they will charge more if they have to go upstairs or to move our things inside. We wouldn’t want to pay any hidden fees when trying to move. Thanks for the tips!

  16. Ezhilan
    Ezhilan says:

    Hi, Great post about the moving company. I want to specify one point ie. You should not pay the full amount before your moving or else you can’t see your lovable belongings properly. The same thing happened in my move also. The foremost important thing is you should have the written insurance paper for your belongings before starting your move. While selecting, please try to find the reviews of the company. In Google and Moving company directories, you can find the detailed reviews about the company. Thanks for sharing the useful post.

  17. Dean Phillips
    Dean Phillips says:

    I really hate moving. I have stayed in a place that I hat because it was easier than having to pack up and move again. I am to that point again that I need to move as I got a new job out of state. I think I am going to hire a professional this time. Thanks for the great tips. I will make sure check into the deposit and make sure that I don’t pay the movers before the move has been completed and my stuff is at my new house.

  18. James Claire with 9Kilo
    James Claire with 9Kilo says:

    You are right First, the safety of your salmon is important. When we hire a mover, then it is important to know about their moving policies. The information you provided in the post is valuable information. A moving company should hire only by keeping in mind the information you have given. Thanks for such post and please keep it up.

  19. Sariah
    Sariah says:

    I’ll be moving out of my apartment soon and I’m thinking of getting moving services to help me out. Thanks for the tip regarding staying informed on their moving policies and practices. That way, I can make sure that my valuables won’t be left in the dark.

  20. Silas Knight
    Silas Knight says:

    I love your tips for hiring good movers. It’s great to know that larger deposits normally indicate fraud of some kind. We’re hoping to move next year, so I’ll be sure to start looking for movers now, and remember what you said.

  21. Gurugram
    Gurugram says:

    You raise all valid points. You have included the tips that I haven’t seen any article discussing like charges for moving stuff from higher locations, or what happens when the packing and moving company service providers does not turn up. I think the best bet is asking friends about the packers and movers they would recommend.

  22. Julius Amberfield
    Julius Amberfield says:

    It was really nice how you suggested keeping informed of the moving companies policies as well as asking important questions like a liability in case something happens to my belongings during the move. I will be sure to take note of that because I do have a few glassware that I will be taking with me when I move to my sister’s house in the next town. They’re heirlooms, so it only makes sense that I want to keep them protected. Anyway, thank you for sharing. I sure learned a lot because of your post.

  23. Moving APT
    Moving APT says:

    One huge key to planning is getting an early start on that checklist for moving. If you can, start a few months before the actual move by doing a walk-through of your home and making a mental list of things that you will NOT be taking with you.

  24. Earnest Watkins
    Earnest Watkins says:

    I liked how you suggested asking about previous experience when choosing a moving company. This would definitely be something I would do since I feel like it could help me feel more confident in a mover’s ability. How much experience would you consider to be sufficient in a reputable mover?

  25. Elena nolan
    Elena nolan says:

    I do agree with the fact that, we should hire movers after conducting satisfactory research. By doing such types of research, we could evaluate the legibility of the moving professionals. We could do some research on the internet different moving companies of that particular region and choose the reliable one in order to ensure stress free and smoother moving procedure.

  26. Silas Knight
    Silas Knight says:

    I love how you said that someone would want to find out what sort of extra fees are involved. It makes sense that some companies would charge extra for walking up and down stairs. My friend is planning on moving next month, so I’ll show her this.

  27. Ellie Davis
    Ellie Davis says:

    My fiance and I are needing to move all of our belongings into our new home. Thank you for suggesting that when we look for a moving company we make sure and find out what the moving time will be. I will have to do some research and find the best movers in my area.

  28. Aldrin
    Aldrin says:

    Thanks for this amazing tips in hiring movers. My family are about to move to another place next week and they are in need of movers. So lucky I have found your post, this will surely help us in looking for a professional and honest movers. Thanks a lot!

  29. Joy Butler
    Joy Butler says:

    After their wedding, my daughter and her husband will be moving into their new house. As a newlywed couple, they are so eager to stand on their own. We are already looking for a moving company that can cater and assists them in moving successfully. I like how you mentioned that they should never sign any blank contract if being asked to.

  30. Timothy Duncan
    Timothy Duncan says:

    Thanks for the awesome tip about not signing a blank contract when hiring a moving company. Being aware of the projected budget and how much you’re gonna spend would help you avoid hidden fees in the future. If I would need to hire professional movers to help me relocate, I would surely get the best possible experts I could find within my budget.

  31. Ellie Davis
    Ellie Davis says:

    Thank you for pointing out that you want to make sure and check out the movers’ insurance. My husband and I are moving and aren’t wanting to move everything ourselves. I’ll have to look into finding the best moving company in our area.


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