Itemize your items to be moved. If you canít itemize all of your belongings, ask for an hourly rate based on the size of your residence or estimated weight of your residence.
Before you pick a mover, check to make sure that they have a DOT license. If your movers or moving company cannot provide you with this information, then they are not reputable. Check with the Texas Department of Transportation to verify this information. (512) 465-7611
Contact the Better Business Bureau to verify membership. Check with your local BBB, and the BBB online reliability program.
Ask for references.
Ask for your estimates in writing. Check to make sure you are getting a guaranteed estimate. If you know your inventory, and have supplied it to the moving company, get a guaranteed estimate in writing.
Packing your own items can save you $$. Pack your valuable possessions yourself. Your jewelry, treasured family heirlooms, or other valuable items should be packed by you, and taken with you, not on the moving truck. If these items are lost or damaged by your movers, the insurance replacement value cannot replace the personal value the items have to you.
Pack carefully. A mover is not responsible for items packed by the customer. Heavier items should be packed in small boxes. Donít throw everything into one big box. Keep your boxes below 50 pounds. Get reliable boxes in different sizes. Ask your moving company for wardrobe boxes. Use good judgment when you are packing. If itís too heavy for you to carry, then your box probably has too much in it.
Provide as much information to the moving company as you can. If you know that there are stairs, long distances from the moving truck to your location, no elevators, small doorways, etc, provide this information. The more details you provide, the more accurate your moving quote will be.
If you have any changes to your move, inform your moving company. Open communication is the key to a hassle free move.