If you’re preparing to move to another state or country, you definitely need a moving company. You can pack your things but if the furniture moves with you too, you’d need professionals to take care of things. However, hiring movers for long distance is challenging and scary at the same time. You have a lot of stuff that might break, and the risk that some of your things might disappear is really scary. 

There is a solution to this. You have to do some research about moving companies and pick the best one. You have to consider a lot of things so read on our guide to below for a successful trip.  

Step 1: Looking for a Legitimate Company 

To start with, determine where you’re locating to, that would be the basis of hiring a company. If you’re moving to another city or another state, consider looking for companies who have experiences in moving to such places.  

First, do some research like asking for recommendations from people who moved in the past months. You can ask referrals from your friends and family, and even the local real estate agents. These people have had experiences in moving and know respectable moving companies that can help you.  

At this point you should have at least 3 companies to choose from, but if you haven’t found 3 yet you can search online. You should be cautious for scams and avoid companies that don’t have websites. Almost all companies have website where they put in their information.  

Step 2: Finding Out More About the Moving Company 

After doing some first level research, you can them find out more about the company. If you check their website, look for testimonials, reviews and ratings. This is to know if the company scammed their customers in the past.  

You can call the company for references. Ask for three customers they had in the past. A respectable company would be able to tell you names. Call these customers and ask them about their moving experiences with the company.  

Ask about documentation, certification and insurances. These are important documents for a moving company to have.  

Step 3: Asking for a Written Estimate 

After you’ve done researching about the company, ask for a written estimate. An on-site estimate would be best, because a mover will check your belongings and list the cost of their service. Make sure to show the estimator everything so the estimate would be accurate.  

The estimate won’t be the final price, unless you ask about the extra charges too. Ask the company to tell you all the fees. Starting from the packing or unpacking and the things needed to pack your belongings.  

It’s also better to ask the company about reimbursement, especially if your belongings and lost or damaged on the way. It’s better to prepare yourself for such situations. Ask the mover about liability or valuation so you would know how much the company owes you if your items are lost or damaged.