Regardless of what people say, moving is hard work. So is organizing a move, and moving furniture up and down stairs, the list goes on.

There are a lot of benefits to hiring movers for your move and fewer reasons not to. Think about the time savings involved compared to doing the move yourself. There are also the risks associated with moving heavy furniture down stairs and through narrow doorways. No matter your reason for hiring a moving company, it makes sense to compare rates and services so you can find the best deal in your area.

You need to find a mover that you can trust and you probably won’t have time to do this right before your move. This is why planning is essential if you want to avoid mishaps. Moving companies are also known as moving and storage companies, which offer both local and long distance moves. The following are some tips to help you find the right mover for your needs:

Compare rates and services

It’s not uncommon to call and get a quote from at least two moving companies, especially if your move is more than two weeks away. For the most part, moving companies will give you a free estimate. Make sure you ask about additional charges on day of so you can be prepared.

You can also use this time to ask about their experience with moving your type of items (ie: heavy furniture) or if they specialize in certain areas (ie: pianos).

Look at their references

Nowadays, pretty much all businesses have a website, Google Business or Yelp. These places serve as the best point of reference for you. You should look at all of their reviews and interactions with customers. Keep in mind that not every move will always be perfect, so you want to go with someone that shows their willingness to work with their customers.

If you have a special project, are planning a bigger move or have a specific need, you can always ask the moving company to provide you with a customer reference.

Don’t forget about additional services

Some moving companies offer short-term storage in case you need to move out before you can move In to your new space. Some might offer packing or moving supplies. At hero we offer all those options and more. We’re a full-service company that can offer a turnkey moving experience so that you don’t have to stress.

Moving Insurance

If you’re moving a lot of expensive items or things that you value very much, you want to make sure that your moving moving company is insured to cover any accidents or damage to your belongings. In addition, it’s a good idea to get an inventory list from your mover so that you know exactly what is being moved and where it’s going. This will help when filing claims later if anything does happen during transit.

Ease of communication

One last thing to consider is how easy it was to communicate with the moving company you’re choosing. You want to be able to hire someone who is reliable and easy to reach in case things change or you have additional requests.

The goal of any moving company should be to help your move be easier and less stressful. Yes, you can always pay you friends in pizza and beer to help you move, or even your maintenance crews, but it’s not the same as hiring a professional team that has perfected their process to make it as easy and painless as possible.

If you’re planning a move in Oahu give us a call or send us a text at 808-650-3458 and one of our moving coordinators will be able to assist you in planning and scheduling your move.