Here is a quick checklist to make sure that you hire the best movers

It's usually around May:

It is not coincidence after all. The last three times that we shifted homes, we have most invariably chosen the month of May to do so. And I randomly asked a few of my colleagues and funnily enough they had also chosen May to move in! When we were moving in this May, we had to postpone by a couple of days because the company said they were too busy to book anymore appointments. That set me asking him if it was like this throughout the year and he broke into a laugh saying it is mostly during May and June. So officially, May is the month when most of the people decide to move in.

Some like to do it all by themselves:

If you are someone who is well poised to do it yourself when you are moving in to a new home, be warned that it may not be as easy as it sounds. But the consolation is that if you have people who would give you a hand and lift your spirits when you are tired, there is nothing great than doing it yourself and at your own pace. Planning of course will take a great bit of your work.

Black and white:

It is important that you chalk out your plans well in advance, whether you prefer doing the shifting on your own or you are planning to hire a mover to do it for you. Writing down the plan in detail and comprehensively will help to break down the task at hand and also help in not missing out crucial things that one tends to miss when there is a lot of work to do.

How do you find a mover?

Like most things, you just don't want to Google and search for a mover. This is because unless you know someone who has used their service and has recommended them strongly I don't think you would be extremely confident in letting them into your house an pick up your prized artifacts and costly China collection or those trophies that you won from golf that you never allow anyone else to touch even for cleaning!

Why do we say reputation is crucial?

You don't want a mover who is reckless with all your costly possessions and you may want to check their website to check what people have to say about them. Also, if you can check with your friends, neighbors and colleagues and work what kind of feedback they have about the mover that you have in mind, it will help in taking the right decision. Additionally, you will need to take into consideration the kind of service fee that they charge. Some of the movers are in the premium category and they choose to charge heavily while some in the medium category charge fairly less. The best Irvine moving company which falls in the middle category charges a reasonable sum.

A little research on them can go a long way:

You must check on how long they have been in business. It is sometimes more than the experience that counts. If any of their past clients seem to have a word of caution for them, it is better that you steer away from them.

I had a very bad experience the very first time:

We had got a footprint of our children done in a slab of cement which we had kept as a display slab in our living room. We were quite sure that it was fragile and had even determined t carry it with us in our car. But the mover guy convinced us that they would make sure that they do not damage it and they will deliver at our new address. My heart skipped a beat when I opened the cardboard box to see the entire display piece in tens of pieces. Now, this thing was irreplaceable because our children had by now grown up!

You will need to check their license and insurance too:

Whether you are moving intra state or between the States, the mover that you hire will need to have the appropriate license from the transportation department. The license number that they quote can be verified to be true from the department's website. Also, it is a good idea to check to see if your over are insured per se as a company. If any one of the two is missing, please exit and search for a new movers. You may want to check if the mover is insured on the same webpage as when you check their license.