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Choosing a Moving Company in Chicago

Date : November 6, 2010

Choosing a good moving company can be a difficult thing to do in Chicago. Different options are available for local Chicago moves to moves that are out of state. Contact us if you would like some suggestions prior to your move.

Typically you must choose between packing everything yourself or hiring a moving company to do it for you. A third option is to pack it yourself and then have a moving company transport the packed boxes and items. Regardless of your moving choice, it is wise to ask a few questions and be aware and alert since moving companies are not a regulated industry.

Things to Consider:

If the price seems too low, it probably is.

Reputable moving companies estimate moving cost by weight vs. the number of rooms that need to be moved. Find out how pricing is determined and request a written estimate.

The written estimate should be completed after the moving company has visited your home. Phone estimates or assurances that a virtual quote will be accurate is not professional.

While a small deposit may be necessary, a large one or a request for upfront cash is unusual. Use a secure credit card with security features to make the transaction for peace of mind.

Make sure you receive “Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move,” a pamphlet produced by the government to protect you. Also ask for the company name and insurance and licensing information and check in with Chicago’s Better Business Bureau if you are concerned.

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