Whether you’ve been relocated for work, or you’re between homes, if you need to put your belongings in personal storage, you’ll probably need to hire movers.  The moving industry is a massive industry employing more than 120,000 people, with an estimated 7000 moving companies based in the U.S. So how do you choose your local movers? Here are 5 tips for helping you choose the best local movers.

1. Ask for Referrals to Local Movers

Before the advent of the internet people relied on word-of-mouth referrals from friends, coworkers, family, and neighbors when they needed to hire a service provider. Referrals are still a fantastic way to learn about careful, punctual, and professional local movers. So, when you know you’re going to need help moving your items to a new home, or a storage unit, don’t forget to ask those around you for their recommendations.

2. Read Reviews and Testimonials

Since the dawn of the digital age, company reviews have helped millions of people to select, or conversely, avoid service providers based on their online reviews. So, it is worth your time to read reviews on sites like Google or other review-based sites.  However, you shouldn’t be discouraged by a single negative review. The reality is that things happen with delays, or bad weather, or miscommunications. Don’t let a single negative review outweigh many positive reviews.

3. Visit Moving Websites 

Professional movers will have a website that will provide clear contact information and information on pricing. Individuals or small teams who provide moving services part-time, or as a side gig may not have a website. Having a website is a sign that the movers are committed and serious about their business, which can signify that they provide great customer service. Reviewing websites also lets you know if the local movers you are considering are licensed and insured. 

4. Confirm Availability on Your Move-In/Move-Out Dates

Before you waste too much time researching different local movers in your area, confirm that they are available on the days and times that you need them. If they are not available, inquire about next-day or previous-day availability. After all, there is no sense in conducting any more research if they can’t help you move when you need to move.

5. Ask About Extra Fees (Mileage, Parking Distance, Heavy Items)

If you’ve never hired movers, you may not know that extra fees can significantly add to the cost of your move. Movers may charge in a variety of ways, including the weight of your belongings, the number of trucks needed, the number of hours required, the distance you’re moving, etc. 

In addition, there are a variety of extra fees that may be included. Fees may be incurred for things like:

  • Distance from the truck parking location to the delivery or pickup location
  • Fuel fees
  • Packing materials and supplies (furniture padding, shrink wrap, dollies, straps)
  • Fees for elevator or stairs
  • Cancellation fee
  • Fees for heavy or bulky items
  • Additional moving insurance
  • Environmental or disposal fee

To avoid being surprised by added fees, request a full, accurate estimate from your movers before you hire them.

Lane County Temporary Storage Solutions If You’re Between Moves

Chambers Connector Storage provides short-term or long-term, affordable storage in Lane County. Your movers can drive up to the front of your storage unit for easy loading and unloading. We do not require a lease commitment. Our facility is gated and protected by video surveillance. Learn more by calling 541-302-8060, or feel free to send us a message.