By Marissa Boles
Whether it's down the street or across the country, moving is a major task that requires much effort and coordination. For this reason, many people choose to hire a moving company, but knowing who to entrust your belongings can be a daunting task.
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That's why ConsumerAffairs has compiled a moving company guide to help consumers find the right company for their move. Here are some of the most common types of movers, based on individuals' needs:
There are many kinds of moving companies depending on the type of move you're looking to make. Some companies specialize in local moves and will have limitations on the distance they're willing to travel. Local movers are great for small cross-town moves since they typically charge by the hour.
If you're moving across the country, you'll want to find a long-distance mover. These movers have special licensing that allows them to operate across state lines and they typically charge a bulk rate based on how quickly you need to be moved and how many items you'll be moving.
In some circumstances, you may even need to move out of the country. International movers will help you pack and get your items overseas. These moving companies are usually prepared for immigration and customs issues.
If you want a completely stress-free move, you should consider a full-service moving company. These companies take all the hassle out of your move by disassembling and packing up your old house and then unpacking and reassembling everything in your new place. Additionally, they provide all of the materials so you don't have to worry about how much tape you'll need or what size boxes to get.
Once you've determined which type of moving company is best for your move, you'll still need to compare various competitors. There are many steps to take when choosing the right company, such as getting multiple estimates, asking for references and verifying credentials. And remember to never pre-pay for a move!
Marissa Boles is the content marketing manager for ConsumerAffairs.com. She believes in helping consumers make smart buying decisions when it comes to life's important purchases. To view ConsumerAffairs' complete guide, click here.