Finding a professional moving company can, at first, seem frustrating and challenging; however, by doing some research on the Internet, you can save money, time and effort.

The Internet has a variety of information!

Keep in mind; the Internet can help in many ways; however, to find good referrals it is better to ask coworkers, friends and local real estate agents. Another place where you can find help is in your phone book, especially offices that are near your home. In addition, a professional moving company will give you the information you’re seeking.

An initial screening is necessary

Then, do an initial screening of moving companies. Once you have a list of recommended movers, go online and conduct several background checks. Visit your local Better Business Bureau at www.bbb.org or call them. In addition you can also call or email the American Moving and Storage Association (moving.org) info@moving.org to see if a moving company is a member. The Internet can help you find a best moving company.

Call three or more companies for an in-home estimate

The next step is something that needs to be done without the Internet. Call three or more companies for in-home estimates. An estimate will put a cap on what you are expected to pay for the move. However, expect the final cost to be more than the estimate, even though nonbinding estimates are legal. Most importantly, when an estimator comes to your home be sure to show him everything that you want moved. If the mover finds that you have more than what was put on the estimate, he can challenge the original estimate. And always review the estimate before signing.

Compare bids!

Once you have collected all of the estimates, compare the bids. If you have any questions about the bids, call and ask questions. Be leery of any moving company that comes in lower than the others. Take a close look at the high bids and see where extra costs are coming from. Now is the time to go back online and check out those who you are interested in. Make sure first that the contenders are in your state and find out how long they have been in business. Keep in mind; some have databases online but if they don’t call the number in the government pages of the phone book.

Check a mover’s license and insurance!

To find out if your moving company has the insurance and license it needs to move you and your family safely and legally, go to www.safersys.org (FMCSA) and enter the company’s USDOT number and then click on “search.” And, on moving day, get a written copy of the mover’s inventory list. This list provides the movers with specific directions for getting to your new home. In addition, make sure that you have a number where you can reach the movers during the move.

To conclude, choosing a best moving company may at first seem an impossible task; however, by using the Internet and finding recommendations from those you trust, you can find the right mover for you!