Finding a reliable moving company can be a daunting task. But with the right research and preparation, you can find the perfect fit for your needs. Sites like Facebook, Google, and Yelp are great sources for finding local moving companies. You can also get free moving quotes and ask friends, family, and co-workers for referrals.
Unlike domestic and long-distance moving companies, local movers will charge by the hour rather than the weight of the shipment. Unless you choose otherwise, your move will be covered by the moving company's full (replacement) level of liability. To get started, ask friends who have recently moved, call some local real estate agents, and find at least three moving companies that have offices in your area. It's important to note that all moving companies are required by law to provide you with a brochure entitled “Your Rights and Responsibilities When Moving.” The Department of Transportation governs any transfer from state to state, while moves within the state must only comply with state guidelines.
Local, independent moving companies don't have to comply with the regulations that govern larger interstate companies, which translates into slightly cheaper rates for short-distance moves. Make sure to find out from the start if the company will carry out the move on its own or if it will outsource the work to another company. Keep in mind that local moves are usually estimated by the hour, while long-distance moves are calculated based on weight and distance. Your move will automatically be covered by the full (replacement) value level of the liability and you will be charged the applicable valuation fee unless you choose otherwise.
Take your time researching different companies and comparing quotes until you find a local moving team that can help you with your moving needs. If you choose a local company to make an interstate move, expect the same prices, services and insurance as you would with a domestic company. Full-service movers will take care of everything related to your move, such as dismantling furniture, loading and unloading trucks, transporting your belongings, reassembling furniture, and placing your items wherever you want in your new home.