What to Look for in a Moving Company in Atlanta

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Moving - Picking a Mover

When you're up to your eyeballs in moving--new house, new city, new everything--you might neglect one of the most critical decisions you will need to make--which moving company should you employ to physically move all your things? Selecting a reputable moving company in Atlanta is critical to your move's success, so pay attention to these best practices for choosing the best mover for your unique situation.

Ask for Referrals

Ask your realtor for a moving company referral. They are aware who is good, and who is not wonderful but has a shiny bright website designed to entice you in. Google movers in your area--then check with the BBB and other consumer agencies, like Angie's List, for reviews and issues.

Check for Registration

When you Google movers, you should be able to find the company's DOT registration number along with their contact info. This means they are affiliates of the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration, and that they are in compliance with federal safety regulation. It also means they are more likely to be honest with you.

Get Your Estimate in Writing

Professional moving companies have account managers and customer service coordinators on hand to do just that—review the details of your move, assemble written estimates, and essentially be the point person for you. If your move is uncomplicated and you have all the details on what you are moving an over-the-phone consult might work; if you have a large house with lots of storage, a basement, and a barn, they should send an estimator to your residence to walk through the whole residence to ensure an accurate quote. Your estimate needs to be in writing--not a verbal ballpark.

On Moving Day

Uniformed movers and marked trucks--It might seem a bit picky, but make sure the moving van
truck's logo, movers shirts, and the estimate paperwork all are matching. Professional movers are glad to tell you who they are employed by; if a group of guys get there in random t-shirts, feel free to show them the door. They should also bring the correct equipment--dollies, gloves, hand trucks, and moving blankets.

The crew foreman should walk through your home with you to confirm existing flaws in furniture. Some moving companies may even take pictures of scratches, scrapes, and dings with a smartphone and send you the pictures, so if there is transit damage it's quick to prove.

Moving to Atlanta can be anxious, but with the right movers it can be exciting and fun, too. A-1 Freeman Moving Group has been in business long enough to make it fun, so we are your point person for any move in town, across the country or around the globe. Contact us today!