As soon as you have a moving date, you’ll want to hire a trustworthy moving company who will handle your belongings with care. Here is a checklist to help in your search.

[bsf-info-box icon_type=”selector” icon=”Defaults-check” img_width=”48″ icon_size=”32″ icon_color=”#08122e” icon_style=”none” icon_color_bg=”#ffffff” icon_color_border=”#333333″ icon_border_size=”1″ icon_border_radius=”500″ icon_border_spacing=”50″ title=”Fully licensed and insured” read_more=”none” read_text=”Read More” hover_effect=”style_2″ pos=”default”]For interstate moves, verify your mover is licensed and insured at www.protectyourmove.gov. For intrastate moves, they require a state license. In Connecticut, it’s called a Household Goods Certificate.[/bsf-info-box][bsf-info-box icon_type=”selector” icon=”Defaults-check” img_width=”48″ icon_size=”32″ icon_color=”#08122e” icon_style=”none” icon_color_bg=”#ffffff” icon_color_border=”#333333″ icon_border_size=”1″ icon_border_radius=”500″ icon_border_spacing=”50″ title=”A Satisfactory Rating by the Better Business Bureau” read_more=”none” read_text=”Read More” hover_effect=”style_2″ pos=”default”]The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is a consumer advocacy organization that monitors businesses and rates their practices on a scale from A+ to F. You’ll want to check your moving company’s rating as well as its complaint history.[/bsf-info-box][bsf-info-box icon_type=”selector” icon=”Defaults-check” img_width=”48″ icon_size=”32″ icon_color=”#08122e” icon_style=”none” icon_color_bg=”#ffffff” icon_color_border=”#333333″ icon_border_size=”1″ icon_border_radius=”500″ icon_border_spacing=”50″ title=”Well Established and Proven Reputation” read_more=”none” read_text=”Read More” hover_effect=”style_2″ pos=”default”]Use a well established moving company who is known for providing excellent service. Years (or even decades) of experience in the industry is proof that they are trustworthy and reliable.

Many moving companies will tell you they are great, but don’t take their word for it. Look for proof. Moving companies will be able to provide letters of recommendation, video testimonials and client reviews. They may also have won awards for their customer service. Check out reviews on external sites like Yelp and the BBB as well.[/bsf-info-box][bsf-info-box icon_type=”selector” icon=”Defaults-check” img_width=”48″ icon_size=”32″ icon_color=”#08122e” icon_style=”none” icon_color_bg=”#ffffff” icon_color_border=”#333333″ icon_border_size=”1″ icon_border_radius=”500″ icon_border_spacing=”50″ title=”Reasonable Rates” read_more=”none” read_text=”Read More” hover_effect=”style_2″ pos=”default”]Obtain written estimates from at least three moving companies to ensure you’re getting the best price for your move. These estimates should be based off of an in-person inspection of the items to be moved. Do not disclose information to the movers about their competitors, as it may affect the accuracy of their estimate. Also, beware of low estimates, as they’re often designed to reel you in and charge you more later.[/bsf-info-box][bsf-info-box icon_type=”selector” icon=”Defaults-check” img_width=”48″ icon_size=”32″ icon_color=”#08122e” icon_style=”none” icon_color_bg=”#ffffff” icon_color_border=”#333333″ icon_border_size=”1″ icon_border_radius=”500″ icon_border_spacing=”50″ title=”Communication and Plan of Action” read_more=”none” read_text=”Read More” hover_effect=”style_2″ pos=”default”]Every move is unique and comes with its own requirements and challenges. The best moving companies will ask about all the details of your move, so they can create a customized plan of action for moving day. For example, they’ll need to make sure they bring the proper equipment to carefully transfer specialty items like grand pianos or large sculptures. A customized move will save you time, stress and money.[/bsf-info-box][bsf-info-box icon_type=”selector” icon=”Defaults-check” img_width=”48″ icon_size=”32″ icon_color=”#08122e” icon_style=”none” icon_color_bg=”#ffffff” icon_color_border=”#333333″ icon_border_size=”1″ icon_border_radius=”500″ icon_border_spacing=”50″ title=”Get Referrals” read_more=”none” read_text=”Read More” hover_effect=”style_2″ pos=”default”]As with many services, referrals are often your single best resource. Ask friends and family for recommendations. I can provide you with the names of reputable movers as well.[/bsf-info-box]