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Moving is an involving, hectic process that can become a lot harder if not well planned and executed. While you as the home owner have to play an active role in ensuring that the move is a success, your mover plays an equally important role in the process. When it comes to choosing moving companies, how do you determine which moving company to use and which one to avoid at all costs? The points discussed below shed light on this.

Don't go with the first moving company you come across. It's safer to have someone known to you recommend companies they have used in the past. Even if no one in your close circle has used a moving company before, they'll probably know someone who has and will be happy to give you the referral. Your real estate agent is another contact likely to have a list of reliable movers they can recommend to you. The aim is to have at least 3 or 4 moving companies that you can compare side by side. The first thing to do once you get a few names is confirm whether each company is licensed to operate. This is a crucial step that distinguishes genuine movers from fraudsters and jokers. If the company is genuinely in the field for business, they will have their papers in order, complete with registration and license numbers.

To determine this, visit the company offices and make your enquiries in person. Any genuine business will supply this information without hesitation. While there, ask all the questions you may have about the moving process, whether the company uses third parties at any time during the move, and the like. Now run the information you've been given by each company against your government's licensing database on moving companies. Any discrepancies in data or details is a red flag and should make you reconsider the services of the affected company. If all the details match and the information available on government records corroborates the info given by the company, you have safely crossed the first hurdle.

Next, arrange to have someone from the company do an on-site estimate at your home. You're still in the elimination process here so if your 3 top movers have passed the test this far, have each one of them do an estimate. Analyze the rates charged by each company, taking note of any differences in pricing structure. Let them break down the cost so you know what is covered in the quoted price. Enquire about availability of insurance and how much coverage the quoted amount gives you. By law, every moving company must have insurance; it's a prerequisite to getting an operating license. Determine whether the mover's amount and type of insurance sufficiently covers your valuables. This you do by asking for clarification on who will be responsible for any damage or loss of items during the move, and to what extent. Only choose a company that offers reasonable compensation. Consider supplementing the cover they have with a separate additional insurance cover from your insurer.

Finally, choose a moving company that has been in the business for a number of years (at least five). It should also not outsource any of the services covered in the move agreement to a different company.