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How to Choose the Right Moving Company for Your Move

Who should you trust to safely move your personal and household belongings? Taking a systematic approach to select the right moving company for you will help ensure that you hire a mover who truly understands customer care and your specific moving requirements.

Once you’ve made the decision to contact a professional moving company, you’ll likely have some pressing questions. The following checklist can help you find the right answers:


The process of selecting the right moving company for you definitely takes effort. By the time you request bids from shortlisted movers, check their references and choose a mover, several weeks may pass. Give yourself plenty of time to shop around so you’re not disappointed.


Searching for a mover can be overwhelming! It’s best to prepare a short list of companies. Word of mouth and the internet can be excellent sources to compile a shortlist. By speaking to friends and acquaintances and searching online, you can begin to narrow down your selection of companies by matching your specific moving requirements.

For example, if you are moving across Canada, a moving company that doesn’t operate long distance obviously cannot help you. If you are moving across the border, it’s critical that your moving company has the experience and knowledge to effectively handle customs procedures. Ask.

And be specific.

If you have a piano, look for a piano mover. If your move is international, identify international movers for your short list. Identifying your most important service criteria can help save time and money.

What are you looking for exactly?

  • Timeliness
  • Care
  • Friendliness
  • Flexibility

Final Mover Selection

For most customers, two key determinants will impact their decision when choosing a mover:

  • Service quality
  • Price

Quality of Service

It always pays to check out whether a company has a desirable service record or not. You can certainly find testimonials on the internet using Google and social media sites such as Facebook or LinkedIn. Friends and acquaintances can sometimes advise whether a moving company was satisfactory or not.

It is especially important to phone the companies directly and ask for their credentials.For example, membership in a recognized Van Line company or in the Better Business Bureau assures a certain level of quality service.

Service fee – Moving Estimate

Obtaining estimates from the shortlisted moving companies is very important to manage your move from a desired budget. Normally it is difficult to provide a 100% accurate price, but you should expect the company to clearly explain the formula they use for establishing the final charge AND that they give you a reasonably accurate estimate BEFORE the move.

Call Ellis today to discuss your specific moving needs and ask any questions that will help you get on your way.

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