Moving is a tough job – and not one that you want to go alone. Hiring a moving company can alleviate many stressors around a big move. But how do you choose the right one?

You want quality movers. Someone you can trust. After all, they will be moving all your possessions, and the last thing you want is something going missing or something getting broken. You want them to take the same care as they would with their own things.

Here is how you can choose the best moving company in Boulder, Colorado:

  1. Check Their Reviews

Reviews often don’t lie. Are they reliable? Did past customers have good things to say about them? Doing your research before hiring a company is a must. Compare companies and shop around a bit. It’s worth it – especially when it comes to the items you hold near and dear to your heart. Recommendations from family or friends is also a good way to go. They will have had a first-hand experience with them which is the best referral you can get.

  1. Assess How They Determine Their Estimate

For a large home, the good companies will have an estimator will come to your home. They will ask questions about what you want to be moved or what you will be leaving. They will likely take into account a fairly full inventory (and when you do move, they should most definitely take a full inventory of all items). They will also do a run-through with you. Show them any hard to reach spots, involving stairs or narrow doorways. This helps them determine the price by how long it will take and how much needs to be moved.

  1. And Get Multiple Estimates

Have you moved before? Do you know how much it may cost? Getting various estimates and quotes can help you come up with a general idea. It can also help you get the best price.

  1. Are They Licensed? Are They Insured?

Find out before you hire them. Make sure you’re protected. You don’t need your move to be more stressful than it has to be. Give yourself that extra peace of mind that you are choosing the right company for your move by checking them out on the BBB, the USDOT, and the CDOT websites.

  1. If They Ask For a Large Deposit Upfront, Run.

Most reputable companies have a pay-on-delivery policy. Paying in advance means you’ve just given your items and money away. Where is the guarantee that they will show up? Occasionally, you may have to pay a small deposit, but it should be the majority of the payment.

  1. Pack Your Items Yourself

You can save a ton of money here. And also save yourself headaches later on. Plus, movers aren’t normally held responsible for any damage that occurs during. Do it right and do it yourself. Sometimes, the good moving companies even offer this as an option – in other words, they might be able to supply you with the packing materials. Find out!

  1. If the Company Has Recently Switched Names, It Might be Best to Avoid

A name switch could indicate a previous bad reputation. It also may be a sign that they aren’t licensed or insured – be careful of this!

  1. Get a Copy of Your Inventory List

Have a copy for your records, then you know exactly what they are moving for you. It can also serve as a way for you to double check everything once you are unpacked and moved into your new place.

Make the right decision! Use the above outline to help you choose the right mover.

If you live in and around Denver or Boulder, Colorado, choose American Moving & Storage. They are trusts, reliable, and ready to help your move go as smooth as possible!


David Hakimi is a real estate agent in Erie, Colorado. His team is one of the top real estate teams at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Innovative Real Estate.