Nobody wants to pay for a professional residential moving company and get an outfit that turns moving day into a Three Stooges rerun. You also don’t want a company that mysteriously loses valuables and leaves town. Property damage, theft, and headaches are the result of not choosing the right residential movers but it is not difficult to avoid these problems.

When it comes to deciding which professional Minneapolis moving companies are reliable, there are four good places to start:

  • People you know ask family, friends, and co-workers what their experiences have been. If you are working with a real estate agent, ask for recommendations. But also ask why they like that particular company.
  • Online reviews many local directories such as, Angie’s List or Yelp will have reviews of a business. In addition to what you find through a search engine, you can also check the company’s web site for testimonials or referrals. While you can’t tell if the review is written by a real person all the time, most of the time it will be easy to see the general public’s opinion of that professional mover.
  • Better Business Bureau (BBB) Accreditation – a BBB logo on the site or window means they have passed some standards for fair and ethical business practices. It also means nobody has complained about them to the organization, which is one of the most recognized affiliations for reliable businesses.
  • Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration – Some companies avoid being assessed by the Better Business Bureau by doing business under a variety of names. Be sure the company has a local address and information about licensing and insurance. Their employees should answer the phone with the full name of the business. You can call the FMCSA’s Safety Violation and Consumer Complaints hotline at 1-888-368-7238 and ask them about the complaint history of your moving company from 10am to 6pm EST Monday thru Friday.

Do Your Homework

Hiring a professional residential moving company is an investment that pays off in the form of undamaged property at the old place and the new. Your furniture and other belongings are carefully packed and competently transferred. Insurance covers any accidents, tricky things like stairs, tight corners and pianos are efficiently dealt with, and you don’t have a backache from picking up that couch.

But like any investment, you have to do your homework. Professional Minneapolis moving companies are not hard to find but picking the best one for your move will take some research.