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4 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Hiring a Moving Company

Planning a move is a tricky business. For someone thinking to relocate, the entire process of wrapping up life in one place and preparing to settle into another is daunting for a number of reasons. Making a list of everything that needs to go, packing stuff, and getting the new place ready make relocation overwhelming. But while people generally meticulously plan every job that moving necessitates, choosing a moving company can often slip their mind, leading to hasty hiring and an onslaught of mistakes.

Hiring a moving company may seem straightforward and risk-free, but it’s not. In fact, it can become one of the most thwarting things for a moving plan, if done without consideration.

Why? Because it can lead to damage to your belongings, loss of money, and delay in the move. And with all the stress of relocation, you don’t want to add more to your plate.

With everything that’s been said, you must be feeling a little unsure as to what you should do. But don’t get rattled just yet. We’re here to save you from the common mistakes that people make when hiring movers. Below you’ll find a list of things that you CANNOT do when contracting with a moving company.

Not taking a Written Estimate

A verbal offer is as good as no offer. You need to ask for a written estimate when hiring movers, which should include charges for every service you’ll be using. If you don’t do that, hired movers might ask for more remuneration later.

Not Giving a Complete List of the Inventory You Wish to Move

To get an accurate estimate, you need to give your potential movers a list of items that you’ll be moving. If you don’t do that or if you provide an incomplete list, then the estimate you get will most likely be pretty off-target that you’ll find out after moving. In other words, you’ll have to pay more than expected, but that’ll be on you because you missed items on your list of belongings.

So, make sure your movers know about all the inventory that you’ll be moving.

Choosing a Cheaper Company

People like to compare their options when making a purchase of any sort. While a comparison between prices of goods is somewhat reliable, it’s not so accurate when done between the costs of two services. That’s because the variables that affect the cost of service providers are plenty, and they are subjective. That is, what a company considers the top level of expertise may not be so for customers. Therefore, you can’t rely on the trick of cost comparison when recruiting movers. And choosing the least expensive contender is a recipe for disaster because that’ll lead to more loss of money than saving.

Not Paying a Deposit

Paying for your move upfront isn’t right, but not paying at all is also not. You need to put in some money to secure your booking. When people don’t pay a substantial deposit, companies overbook clients, which can lead to end minute cancellation or a hurried move. Therefore, be sure to pay a deposit.


Avoid these pitfalls to save your hard-earned money and relocate trouble-free. Starting on the right foot with your movers will also help you avoid other common moving mistakes.