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How to Find Moving Companies

June 25th, 2012 - 4:35 PM

The search for a good moving company doesn’t have to be like the search for Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster. Good moving companies do exist; you just have to know where to look.  Finding them is all about knowing what type of service you need, how the services compare and how to check credibility.

What type of service you need.
There are different types of moving services depending on how much work you want to do and your moving budget: full service movers, truck rental, portable storage, and “you pack, we drive” services. Before you can find a moving company, you’ll need to know which type of service you’re looking for, and how they compare.

  • Full service movers require the least work on your part. Movers start out by coming to your home, looking at your belongings and estimating the weight of your shipment. Then they pack and load your stuff on your moving day and ship it to your new home – with the average shipment taking up to 3-4 weeks. Once it arrives at your new home, they’ll unload. Typically your cost is based on the weight of your shipment – which you won’t know until everything is packed, loaded, and in transit.
  • Truck rental requires the most work. You do everything. You pick up the rental truck, you pack it, you load it, you drive it, and you unload it. You’ll typically get a rate for rental and mileage, but you’ll add extra for things like damage protection, taxes, highway tolls, and the biggest expense: fuel.  Fuel can really add up, with some customers reporting their price more than doubling! Use the Rental Truck Fuel Calculator to see how much you’ll pay for fuel.
  • Portable storage containers are moving containers that you pack and load, but then the moving company delivers them to your new home. These are great solutions for moving because you can do some of the work, but not drive.  Be sure you choose a reputable company that offers metal containers at good prices. U-Pack is one of those companies – offering the ReloCube®, a metal, weatherproof moving container that sits on the ground for easy loading and unloading. With the ReloCube you’ll get competitive rates and fast transit times. Get a free moving quote and see your price for moving with portable storage.
  • “You pack, we drive” services are much like portable storage in that you pack and load, but the company drives. It’s a great moving option because you can really save by doing the packing and loading, but you don’t have to worry about driving or paying for fuel. U-Pack offers this type of service using moving trailers. A trailer can typically hold up to the contents of a four-bedroom home. With U-Pack, you pay only for the space you move, so if you move less, you pay less. U-Pack’s rates are competitive and affordable; check them out by getting a free moving quote.

Check the credibility of the company.  Once you know what type of moving company you’re looking for, you can search online, in the yellow pages, or ask friends. Once you settle on some companies, be sure to check their credibility. Check websites like movingscam.com, epinions.com, and the Better Business Bureau to make sure the company is legitimate and provides good service to their customers. U-Pack has a 4.5 star rating (out of 5!) on epinions.com and an A+ rating from the BBB, proving U-Pack as a reliable moving company. 

The Best Moving Company. If you’re searching for great service, an affordable move, fast transit times, and flexible options, we think you’ll add U-Pack to the top of your “Best Moving Companies” list. Move in a ReloCube or a moving trailer, and if you are unable to pack and load yourself, let us know. We can arrange for reliable loading or unloading help. Get a free moving quote to see how U-Pack can make moving affordable.  Compare us with other types of movers: full service, truck rental, and portable storage.  U-Pack comes out ahead every time on service and value.  Check it out today!