How to Find a Mover

Letting a complete stranger come into your house to pack up your belongings and move them for you can be a little intimidating. You want to be sure that you are hiring a reputable company to reduce the risk of theft or damage. 

So how do you find a mover in Arizona or Las Vegas? Follow these steps and you should be able to identify qualified movers in your area to handle all of your Phoenix relocation needs.

Questions to Ask Yourself

Before you can determine which moving company is best for you, you first need to decide what kind of services you will need. Some services offer to pack your boxes for you while some do not. Others have their own trucks while some require you to rent a truck yourself. Here are a few questions that you need to answer before you make your first phone call:

  • Will you be renting your own truck?
  • Will you need assistance driving a truck that you rent?
  • Will you need movers to pack? 
  • Will you need movers to load and unload or just for one part of the move? 
  • Do you need movers to help you move boxes or only heavy furniture and appliances? 

Once you've answered these questions it's a lot easier to find a moving company that offers the specific services you're looking for.

Which Movers to Call First?

Now is the time for you to start researching moving companies in your area. If you are renting a truck yourself, the rental company may recommend movers that they have partnered with. They will typically give you three to five names to start with.

If you are looking for a full-service mover to handle things from start to finish, you might have to do more research on your own.

Here are a few places to check:

  • Your property manager: Your property management office may know of reputable companies in your area. They may even have a deal worked out with a specific moving company for move-ins at their locations. 
  • Online reviews: The next step is to go online and start reading reviews. Companies like Northstar Moving in Phoenix and Umbrella Movers in Las Vegas both have five-star reviews online. You can check out websites like Yelp, Houzz, HomeAdvisor, Angie's List and more to see a full range of reviews. You might even want to check social media. In addition to these local companies, there are a handful of national chains worth looking into. 
  • Ask your friends: Referrals are a great way to find companies that other people trust. Your friends and family may have had experience in the past that will point you toward one company and away from another. 

What to Ask When You Call

Once you've narrowed your list down to two or three companies that come highly recommended, you're ready to make your first phone calls. These are the questions you should be asking once you're speaking to their representatives:

  • Are they licensed and insured? You want a company that is licensed and insured to operate as a shipping or moving business. While the requirements vary from state to state, you want to be sure that your belongings are covered in the case that anything goes wrong along the way. 
  • What are their rates? There are a number of things that may influence the cost of your move. For instance, moving on the weekends usually costs more than moving during the week. Moving within a certain number of miles usually falls under a base rate, but you may have to pay extra for each mile beyond that. Moving specialty items like pianos or pool tables also tend to come with a premium charge. Lastly, moving up or down tons of stairs also tends to add something to the bill.  
  • What is included in the rate? Does the price quoted include fuel? Are there additional services fees you need to beware of? Do they charge extra for driving the truck, bringing an appliance dolly or even wrapping your mirrors for safety? Make sure you have a clear understanding of exactly what services they are going to provide. 
  • Are there any moving specials available? It never hurts to ask. Some companies offer specials if you are moving over long weekends or during slow times of the year. Even if they just throw in a few free boxes or some packing tape, it's always worth trying to save a little money. 
How to Find a Mover & Easily Move in Phoenix, AZ

Moving Day

You've finally made it to moving day and it's time for the movers to arrive. You should expect your movers to arrive on time and be professional. They will likely ask you for instructions on where to start and what needs to get done first.

It is best if you have staged your home in a way that makes it easy for them to get everything out, or at least know which rooms need to be packed up first. Remember, they are professionals and they are used to packing boxes quickly and efficiently. You can help direct them, or you may be able to pack alongside them, but they will probably be moving much faster than you.

Continue to guide them through the process until your entire home is loaded into the back of the truck. Follow them to your new location and be prepared for the unloading frenzy to begin. Unloading usually goes faster than the initial packing and loading. If you know where all of your belongings are going in your new home, it will expedite the unloading process even more.

Once unloading is complete, it is standard to tip your movers. As a side note, some companies will have mobile apps that all you to pay your bill with them on the spot. Other companies will send you a bill or bill you in advance. If you have hired a company that bills by the hour, you may have to pay a portion of your bill up front and the remainder at the time the job is complete. Make sure you inspect all of your valuables and major furniture pieces before the movers leave and make note of anything that was damaged in transit.

There are a number of low-cost movers in Las Vegas and Phoenix. If you're planning a big move, search for budget moving companies online and ask around for recommendations. The further in advance you begin making these calls, the more likely you are to get a great rate. Waiting until the last minute to schedule your move will definitely limit your options for available movers and possibly force you to pay extra.