Getting ready to start planning a move? If you’re thinking about hiring a moving company to help you out, you’ll want to make sure you’re hiring reliable professional movers. While some moving services are top notch, the same can’t be said for all of them. But when you know what to look for and you do a little research, you can avoid hiring a service you won’t be happy with.

What should know to make sure you’re hiring the best moving company in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area? Read on to find out.

Ask for Referrals

Do you know anyone who’s recently moved? Did they hire a moving company? Do they live near you? Find out if that person was satisfied with the service they received and if they were, ask for a referral. If you don’t have friends or family members you can ask, try asking around for referrals from co-workers or you can even browse local message boards like Nextdoor for recommendations.

If you’re getting a referral from someone you trust, you can rest assured the moving company is a safe bet as your acquaintances won’t steer you in the wrong direction. However, if you’re browsing your neighborhood bulletin for recommendations or looking at local message boards, take those suggestions with a grain of salt.

Sometimes, message boards posts with overly enthusiastic praise about local businesses are actually posted by the business owners themselves. Be wary of any recommendations that sound a little hokey or too good to be true. 

Get at Least Three Written Estimates

To ensure you’re not getting taken on the price of the moving services you need, get estimates from at least three different moving companies, and get them in writing. Ideally, you’ll want an in-home estimate, since that’s the most accurate and comprehensive type. You’ll also want to ask whether the estimate is binding or non-binding, so you know whether it might change.

If you run into any moving companies that only want to provide estimates over the phone, be wary. That may be a sign of a scam. Be wary of lowball quotes, too, as they typically come from movers who don’t plan on delivering quality service.

Verify Each Moving Company’s Credentials

Vetting is one of the best things you can do to ensure you’re hiring a high-quality moving company. If you’re moving to a new state, check to make sure the movers have a number issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). If the company is licensed, you should be able to find that number somewhere on their website as it’s required for all interstate moving companies.

In addition to a DOT number, you should also look for a carrier number from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Most moving companies list that on their website as well. Once you have these numbers, verify them using the U.S. DOT Company Snapshot tool

Read Reviews From Past Customers

If the moving company has a website, they probably also have a Google My Business listing where you can read reviews from past clients. Check out how the company responds to negative reviews and read through several testimonials to get an idea about the level of service they provide.

It’s also a good idea to check the Better Business Bureau (BBB) for a company rating, customer reviews, and any filed complaints.

Think Twice About Movers Who Want a Large Upfront Deposit

If you run into any moving companies that ask for more than a 20% upfront deposit of the total estimated cost of your move, be wary. Quality movers typically don’t ask for a hefty deposit; instead, they require payment when your belongings are safely delivered to your new home. Be sure to put your deposit on a credit card, so if you run into problems, you can dispute the charge.

Review Your Contract Thoroughly

Last but not least, review every last word of your contract to make sure you know exactly what to expect from the movers and what’ required of you. If there are any provisions you don’t fully understand, don’t hesitate to ask for a more in-depth explanation. Before you sign on that dotted line, make sure you’re 100% sure you know what you’re getting yourself into.

Ace Moving & Warehousing: Trusted Minneapolis & St. Paul Professional Movers

Ready to work with a moving company you can trust? Look no further than Ace Moving & Warehousing in Minneapolis! We’ve been helping Minnesotans move for over 60 years, and we’d be honored to make you our next fully satisfied client. We offer a wide variety of moving services to suit any need, including full packing, custom move plans, custom crating, climate-controlled storage, and much more.

To learn more about us or get started with an estimate, call our Minneapolis office today at 763-755-2045 or request a quick quote online, and we’ll be in touch soon!