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Appendix A - Moving Companies

Now is also the time to look into moving companies and your moving options. Check your local yellow pages and rely on the recommendations of others. There are basically three ways to go: hiring a professional moving company, hiring a smaller, local moving company, or doing all the moving yourself.

  1. Professional Moving Companies
  2. Local Moving Companies
  3. The Interstate Commerce Commission
  4. Negotiating with Moving Companies
  5. Moving Yourself
  6. Questions to Ask Moving Companies
  7. Moving FAQs

1. Professional Moving Companies.  The first option is to hire a professional moving company. One advantage is that if you are moving a long distance, everything can be moved at one time. Another obvious advantage is that they can do it all for you. A representative of the company will tour your office and quote you a price based on what needs to be moved, the cubic feet, the size of the truck needed to handle the job, and other costs. Options include packing, unpacking, and assembling items yourself, or having the movers do it for you. Professional moving companies will give you help even if you decide to move yourself or to use only some of their services.

The moving company will supply you with either anon-binding or binding estimate. If you choose to go with the non-binding estimate, the cost of your shipment will depend on its total weight but cannot exceed 10% of the estimate. A binding estimate, however, binds the moving company to their quoted price. You will not be forced to pay any more than the estimated total. A firm price may be better for you if you are shipping many heavy items.

You'll need to record an inventory of all items beforehand and decide which insurance options are best for you. Inquire about any "special handling charges" for very heavy or bulky items. Be sure you understand how and when the movers are to be paid. And if items are loaded into more than one truck or van, be sure that all shipments have arrived and are in good condition before paying the bill.

2. Local Moving Companies.  Another, less expensive alternative is hiring a smaller moving company to handle the move in parts or sections. This alternative can be very successful if done with care. You can use a local moving company to have "mini-moves" prior to moving day if there is access and storage space at the new site. These mini-moves can help you get excess inventory and other seldom-used items out of the way before the big day. If you decide to go with a local moving company, be sure they are bonded and insured for damage.  Return to Top

Copyright Notice. Portions of's Moving Guide have been reprinted with permission from The Small Company Moving Guide, authored by Diane Touleyrou.

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