Five Red Flags When Selecting A Moving Company

Relocating to a new home is an exciting and often stressful event. The process of packing up all of your belongings and moving them to a new location can be daunting, especially if you have never done it before. That’s why it’s important to choose a reputable moving company to help you with the process. A good moving company can help to make the process of relocating a lot smoother, less stressful and more efficient. In this blog post, we will look at the importance of hiring a reputable moving company and five red flags to watch out for when selecting a moving company for relocation.

The first and most important reason to hire a reputable moving company is to ensure that your belongings are safe and secure during the move. A professional moving company will have the expertise and equipment necessary to properly pack and transport your belongings, reducing the risk of damage or loss. They will also be able to provide you with insurance coverage in case anything does go wrong during the move.

Another benefit of working with a reputable moving company is that they will have the resources and experience to handle any unexpected issues that may arise during the move. For example, if there is an unexpected delay in the delivery of your belongings, a reputable moving company will have contingency plans in place to ensure that your belongings are still delivered in a timely manner.

Working with a reputable moving company can also save you time and money. They will have the knowledge and expertise necessary to plan and execute a move efficiently, reducing the amount of time you need to spend on the process. They will also have the resources to negotiate with third-party services for special handling of certain items like appliances or unique furniture items such as grandfather clocks.

When selecting a moving company for your relocation, it is important to watch out for red flags that may indicate a less-than-reputable company. The following are five red flags to watch out for when choosing a moving company:

1.      Lack of transparency: If a moving company is unwilling to provide you with a detailed estimate of the cost of the move, or if they are vague about their pricing structure, this may be a red flag.

2.      No licensing or insurance: Make sure the moving company you choose is licensed and insured. This will protect you in case anything goes wrong during the move.

3.      Poor customer reviews: Do your research and check online reviews and ratings of the moving company you are considering. If they have a lot of negative reviews, be warned. Some companies may even change their name to avoid being associated with their bad reviews. Make sure the company you’re working with has a long and reputable history.

4.      No physical address: If a moving company does not have a physical address or a website that is professional and easy to navigate, this may indicate that they are not a reputable company.

5.      Request for a large deposit: If a moving company requests a large deposit before the move, this too may be a red flag.  At Hogan, we do not require “deposits”.  Our customers have options for payment and a professional move coordinator will discuss these options prior to the move.

Hiring a reputable moving company for your relocation is crucial to ensure that your belongings are safe and secure, and to make the process of moving as smooth and stress-free as possible. By watching out for red flags and doing your research, you can ensure that you choose a moving company that is reputable and professional. Good luck with your move!

7 Things to Remember on Moving Day


When moving day arrives you want to be prepared in every way possible so that there is less stress on yourself and those helping you. Being organized before your move helps ensure a smooth moving day and start to life in your new home or apartment. With a little planning, you can settle in and start enjoying your new home. Here’s a list of a few important things to keep in mind.

  1. Keep a running list of all the little things that have to get done before moving day arrives. With so much to do you want to make sure that nothing gets overlooked. For example, you may want to have someone help with taking items out of boxes and organizing them or ask them to be available to run quick errands like picking up packing tape from the store. Share your to-do list with them so they can help make sure nothing gets missed.
  2. Do one last walk-through to make sure nothing has been forgotten. Check in the closets, cabinets, and counters for any items that may have gotten misplaced during the moving process, and remember to leave keys (don’t forget the mailbox key) and garage door openers behind.
  3. Pack all medicines you’ll need in a place you can get to easily where they won’t get lost during transport.  Packing all medicine in one place also makes it easier to have them handy and readily available. You’ll want to remember everything from headache medicine to heart pills, this is especially important when moving with children and seniors.
  4. Make sure your cell phone is fully charged and you know where the charger is. This way if you need to make a call or check the weather for any reason during the moving process you are ready to go and easily accessible.
  5. Have cleaning supplies on hand and available so you can clean up after the movers have left. This way you can leave your old place in great shape and make sure everything is picked up, wiped down, and ready for unpacking at the new house or apartment.
  6. Have cash on hand to tip your movers. Tipping the moving crew is not expected but very much appreciated, especially if you feel strongly about the service they provided.

Be sure to keep a positive attitude throughout the entire moving process.  Moving is stressful and while having a great team of movers on your side helps, having a sense of humor during the move will put everyone in a better mood and make the whole process more fun.