Get recommendations. Ask friends, coworkers, and local real estate agents.
Do an initial screening. When you have a list of recommended movers, go online and check with NJWMA – NJ Warehousemen and Movers Association (njmovers.com; Better Business Bureau bbb.org; and American Moving and Storage Association moving.org ) to see if a moving company is a member, which means it is licensed, insured and has agreed to abide by a set of ethical standards and practices
You should end up with three companies to call for an in-home estimate. Estimates for interstate moves will be based on the weight and mileage. Intrastate moves are usually based on time and material.
When an estimator comes to your home, show him everything you want to have moved?in the closets, the backyard, the basement, the attic.
Review the estimate. Ask questions. If you are unclear about anything now is the time to ask. If you want to purchase additional insurance from your mover (above the standard 60 cents a pound that the mover’s insurance covers), make sure you understand the costs and details of that coverage.
As you get estimates, ask each mover the same questions so you can compare accurately. (sample attached)
When you’ve gotten all your estimates in, compare the bids. Be wary of any company that comes in much lower than the others. Look at high bids to see where the extra costs are coming from. Call and ask questions if you don’t understand anything.
Now check out the contenders in more detail. Take the information you’ve gathered and get back online and check reviews. See what others have to say.
Make sure your moving company has the license and insurance it needs to move you legally. Yes, there are movers who solicit business without the legal authority to do so. We can’t stress how important this step is for your protection.
Now you can select a mover. You should feel confident about any company you’ve run through the checks above. Confirm the dates and details of your move, and make sure you get a signed order for service and a bill of lading.