Given the number of details on your mind when planning for a household move—from finding a job to packing your things to enrolling the kids in a new school—choosing a Bay Area moving company may not be your first priority. However, assessing your needs and then evaluating your potential movers is essential.
Choosing unreliable movers will only make your experience that much more stressful—and may even result in lost boxes, delayed shipments, or wasted money. We know you’re busy, so we’ve put together a brief list of questions to ask yourself when choosing household movers:
5 Questions to Consider to Choose the Right Bay Area Movers
1. What are your moving requirements?
If we’ve learned anything over the last 50 years, it’s this: every move is unique.
Some homeowners prefer full-service, end-to-end moving support, while others just want help with the physical transport. Some want professional packers who can provide custom crating and furniture wrapping, while others prefer to get the boxes and pack themselves.
Whatever your household’s moving requirements are, choose bay area residential movers with the equipment, manpower and expertise to fulfill them. Even if you don’t need more advanced services like specialized moving or international customs clearance, it’s a good idea to choose a company that offers a depth of relocation solutions—a complete line of services is a good indicator of experience, professionalism and capability.
2. How much time do you have?
This is another key question because not all Bay Area moving companies are equipped to handle last-minute moves. Smaller or less experienced outfits typically require scheduling far in advance.
A good tip here is to work with a company that has dedicated move coordinators. Having a single point of contact will simplify your move and ensure that someone is always there for you, which is especially helpful for a last-minute relocation.
3. Are the companies accredited?
Once you’ve narrowed down your list of Bay Area movers based on your moving requirements and timeline, start researching each company’s accreditation and industry reputation.
Look for things like Diamond Certified status, American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA) ProMover designation, accreditation from the Better Business Bureau – and better yet, an and an A+ rating from the BBB. Here at Metropolitan Van & Storage, we’re proud to have earned all these accreditations.
4. Do the companies have any helpful industry partnerships?
To benefit from the widest network of professional movers and the most advanced technology, it’s important to work with a company that’s partnered with a reliable van line. This is especially true for a long distance relocation, as the van lines provide an additional level of support with well-coordinated services as both your state of origin and destination. We know this from experience—our longtime partnership with Atlas Van Lines has allowed us to easily meet the needs of customers moving all around the world.
5. What do past customers say?
To make the final choice, search for reviews from past customers on sites like Yelp, Yellow Pages and Facebook. Look carefully for red flags like:
- Broken, lost, or delayed items
- Rude or unprofessional staff
- Hidden fees or unclear pricing
We’re proud to have reviews that reflect our commitment to our customers: a perfect 5.0 rating from Atlas, a 5-star rating on Yellow Pages, and an 8.8/10 with over 250 reviews on Diamond Certified. Read our customer reviews to see why we’re the most “conscientious, polite, and professional” Bay Area moving and storage company.
For your upcoming move, don’t work with just any provider—get the best of the best from a residential moving company with award-winning movers, trusted industry affiliations, and a history of customer-approved services. Call Metropolitan Van & Storage or submit our convenient online form today to discuss your moving needs and get your free, no-obligation quote!