A good rule of thumb when it comes to determining when to start looking for a mover is about eight weeks before your expected move date. That may seem extremely early; but actually, you are probably only going to have a day or two of interaction with the moving company you choose. Remember, your choice of mover is going to be incredibly important! Starting the process early will ensure a more thorough and informed decision.
The Pitfalls of Waiting Until the Last Minute
Never wait until a day or two before your move to contact a mover. Bookings are secured two to three months in advance, especially during the busy season of May through September.
Waiting too long will leave you desperate to find someone and you may overlook some critically important considerations, such as the reputation of the mover, whether or not it has the required licensing, and much more. Take all that risk out of your search by researching a mover as soon as you can.
Do Some Homework
Finding a good mover takes more research than simply looking at a couple of websites to find reviews of the different companies you are considering. The huge advantage to starting your search well in advance of moving day is that you can dig deeper. Not only will you be able to understand your options of reputable companies, you will also learn a lot of what to expect in several different areas, such as:
- The order of service. This is the list of household goods and furniture that your mover will be both picking up and transporting to your new home.
- The bill of lading – the contract between you and the moving company.
- How to settle a dispute with a mover or file a claim for damaged goods.
In addition, starting your search early will afford you time to find great tips on packing, organizing your move and much more. If you have any questions, the experts with National Van Lines are standing by to help. Give us a call at 877-590-2810 or contact us online.