When choosing a moving company, you’ll notice that there are a ton of options out there. To choose the right one, you have to know what to look for.
That is why we took our experience, dating back over 80 years, and put together this guide on what to look for when choosing your Marquette movers:
1. Fully Licensed and Insured
You should only ever trust a moving company that is fully licensed and fully insured. Don’t risk your move on a moving company that is breaking the law by operating with the proper licenses and insurance.
Proper licenses are required for both local and out-of-state moves, however, the licenses are different. For local moves that are within the state of Michigan, you should look for a moving company with an MPSC number. For long-distance moves that cross state lines, look for USDOT and MC numbers. All of these should be listed at the bottom of your prospective mover’s website.
Guindon Moving & Storage is fully licensed. Our USDOT number is 70719, our MC number is 87113, and our MPSC number is L-18884.
2. Custom-Made Moving Trucks – Not Rentals
Here at Guindon Moving & Storage, we use custom-made moving trucks. You may be shocked to find that this isn’t the case for all of your Marquette mover options. There are Marquette moving companies out there that use rental moving vans, such as those from U-Haul and Penske, to move your belongings.
This is not safe for your belongings.
Professional moving trucks, such as the ones we use, are built with the right suspension, with shock absorbers, and with the proper space to ensure that your items are kept safe from damage. Meanwhile, these rental moving vans are built to save a buck and to make it easier for amateurs to drive, as opposed to being built for effective hauling.
3. Interstate Agent of a National Van Line
Moving with an interstate agent of a national van line, such as Wheaton World Wide Moving, is key to a consistent quality move.
If you’re moving locally, it is a great indicator that your potential Marquette moving company is trustworthy.
If you’re moving out-of-state, being an interstate agent of a national van line means that the moving company has access to hundreds of moving agents across the country that help make your move go smoothly and lower the risk of potential issues.
4. Storage Options
Partnering with a moving company that offers various storage options is the best choice, even if you aren’t planning on storing your belongings.
Going with movers that offer storage means that storing your items can be integrated right into your moving process. We offer warehouse storage, self-storage units, and even storage containers.
Moving is unpredictable, which is why it’s great to have the option of storage at your fingertips by partnering with the right movers. You never know what will happen during your move, and you very well may need to store your items during your move, even if storage wasn’t part of your original plans.
5. Awards and Accreditations
A great way to tell if a moving company is trustworthy is the badges on their website. Look for awards and accreditations that a moving company has earned. For example, Guindon Moving & Storage has the following listed right on our website:
- Certified ProMover by the American Trucking Association: Moving & Storage Conference
- Member of the Michigan Mover Association
- Partner of the Lake Superior Community Partnership
- Wheaton World Wide Spire Quality Award Winner: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
- Wheaton World Wide 2022 Achievers Club Award Winner
Make sure that your potential movers have badges showing trustworthy accreditations and awards right on the front page of their website.
6. Full-Service Moving Company
To ensure that you get Marquette movers that you can trust, look for a full-service moving company. These full-service movers handle every aspect of your move, giving you a truly hands-free moving process, while offering every service that you may need.
Even if you don’t need every service, this speaks to how professional and trustworthy a moving company is. This is why you should look to make sure your potential moving company offers residential and commercial moving, packing services, various storage options, and specialty moving services, such as senior moving.
7. Google Reviews
While online reviews aren’t the perfect solution for understanding how a moving company will help you, they do provide an indication into how a moving company communicates and how they approach handling negative customer experiences.
Look for their total number of reviews, their overall rating, when their most recent reviews came in, and whether or not the moving company responds to negative reviews.
By considering these points, you will be able to narrow down your options and create a shortlist of potential movers. We highly suggest putting in as much research as you can to ensure that your move goes smoothly and your belongings reach their new home without any damage. If you do have any questions about your potential movers, be sure to reach out and speak with them directly.