?? ?? ?? ?? ??Moving is one of the most stressful of life’s events, just below death, divorce, bankruptcy and illness, but it doesn???t have to be. ??A professional move performed by a quality crew will make all the difference.

?????????????? Just like most decisions in life, information and knowledge will make all the difference in making the right decision in whether or not to hire a moving company. As well as what moving company out of the thousands that is out there to choose. Moving furniture is hard manual labor, which requires a unique skill set. There are enough questions about the moving process to fill a book; here are some that you should be considering when making your decision.

?????????????? What classes of moving companies are there? Why is there such a dramatic range in quote prices for the exact same move? What is included in a moving quote? What are the pros and cons of hourly vs. itemized moving quotes? ??What is an ???estimate??? vs. a ???not to exceed??? moving quote? How much money do I really save if I pack myself?

?????????????? What about insurance? What is the difference between insurance and a guarantee? What does GL and cargo insurance cover? And what is with this “supplemental insurance” I keep hearing about? Who pays the deductible if there is a claim? ??What kind of coverage do I really need?

How are the movers screened? ????What kind of men am I letting into my home and around my family? How long will my move take? I want my movers to be fast, but not at the expense of being carefull. ??My friend moved twice in the last two years. One move took 3 days the other 8 hours, what gives?

?????????????? When you do not have all the answers, anxiety and stress is a normal emotional response. ??Research shows when most folks are asked to recommend a moving company, they start by saying who not to use. Reliving a bad moving experience in the process. People tend to be loyal to the company they trust; the company that treated them fairly. A reputable mover will get most of their business from repeat customers and referrals.


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About Jack Grant

I got my start in the moving industry as a driver for a budget apartment mover. I owned my own one ton pick-up truck, or should I say, Bank of America owned the truck. It was a hot summer and I made ok money. It didn???t take long before I started having problems with this company. Nothing affected me directly, not at first. I showed up at 6 am, hitched my truck to a trailer, picked up my move tickets for the day, and kept to myself. Then I started having problems with the way the company treated its customers, as well as, some of its movers. There were days I was overbooked, and could not get to all the jobs on time. There was also moves that were underbooked. Customers were given a low price just to get their business, then on move day they would be over charged on additional items that they wanted moved. I would arrive at a $600 move, call in the additional furniture only to find the move price to be doubled, but there didn???t seem to be twice the amount of items. The real problem I saw from the customer's point of view was what kind of crew they got. It was the luck of the draw. I considered myself to be a professional, treating the customers??? furniture with the same respect that I would want to receive if I was the one being moved. It seemed that they would hire anyone that could pull their trailers; no experience, no background checks, no drug tests, no English, no ethics???no problem. I started to feel out of place. I remember that one of their drivers lost a trailer on the highway. The budget apartment mover tried to make him pay for all the damages, even though it was a worn out trailer hitch that was to blame. The equipment was not properly maintained. After three months pulling for the budget apartment mover, I resigned and went to work for a local independent moving company. The trailers were well maintained, as well as, the moving equipment. The quality of the movers was a lot better too. I worked there as a driver for a little over three years. In 2001 my friend started a moving company, a new kind of moving company. A moving company with upfront pricing, an instant online quoting system, and online testimonials. In 2001, no one that I knew had an online message board for folks to post their comments or an actual instant online quoting system. Email forums were all that was used and is still the standard in most moving companies to this day. ???We will get most of our business from repeat customers and referrals if we set the benchmark for quality,??? he told me. I started at as a driver in spring 2001, just in time for the moving season. Soon I was running packing crews, and doing onsite bids as well. MoveCo did not have a sales force; the drivers did all the in-home estimates; Having the actual driver do the bid eliminated lots of misunderstandings. I became proficient at everything from crating nine foot sailfish, to moving grand pianos. I was able to see the country, moving folks coast to coast. I have met a lot of interesting and good people along the way. is proof a good deal of stress and all the horror stories can be eliminated with fair pricing, quality service, and no misunderstandings. MoveCo started adding box trucks to the fleet early on. Box trucks were more capable and I always felt gave a better image. I started going to the industry conference and discovered there really is a wide range of moving companies and service levels. The budget apartment movers might be a step up from a guy and a rental truck off craigslist, but on the other end of the spectrum you have the National Van Lines and top notch independents. In the moving business you are only as a good as your reputation. MoveCo has built that reputation over the last 15 years. I am proud to be a part of the MoveCo family. I hope you find this information in this blog useful. I may not be a professional writer, but I am a professional mover with over 18 year???s experience.