National Moving Month Kicks Off Busy Summer Season for Americans Across the Country
May 1, 2017
Consumers Get Insider Advice, Money-Saving Tips & Free Referrals for Certified Professional Movers at Moving.org
Professional movers move millions of Americans each year. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 11 percent of Americans move to new homes annually, with 3 million moves across state lines and 800,000 of those moves handled by a professional mover. Nearly a third of those moves happen in the summer, from June through August. According to a recent Economic Impact Study from the American Moving & Storage Association, the industry generates $85.7 billion in annual output, or almost half of one percent of the U.S. gross domestic product.
Additionally, moving and storage businesses directly employ more than 185,000 people, pay nearly $28 billion in wages and contribute more than $9 billion on taxes each year. One of the most important responsibilities of the professional moving industry is to transport the personal property of America’s heroes — members of the Armed Forces and their families — from assignment to assignment. Annually, professional movers make around 380,000 military shipments worldwide. Many businesses also rely on a mobile workforce to attract talent to their company from around the country or around the world, and movers play a critical role in bringing workers to job opportunities.
As the nation kicks off National Moving Month, consumers are wondering how to plan a safe and successful move. Here are seven tips from the moving insiders as you start to plan your move:
- Do some comparison shopping. Check the company’s ratings with the Better Business Bureau, and ask your family and friends for referrals.
- Get at least three free estimates. You can invite the mover into your home for the estimate, or some movers now offer estimates based on the photos and videos that you can submit online right from the comfort of your own home.
- Be sure to show the mover everything that needs to be moved, from the attic to the basement, plus any sheds, garages and storage areas. You’ll want to make sure that the mover has a complete picture of everything that will be moved to get the most accurate estimates possible.
- Make sure you get these estimates in writing, by email or as an attachment. Avoid any that are too high or too low. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
- Choose a mover with a physical location near you, and drive by to check out their facility. A professional mover will be proud to show you how good a job they can do.
- Always ask questions if you don’t understand something. A professional mover will want to make sure you get all the answers you need. Read every document carefully ahead of time, and make sure you get a copy of everything you sign. Do not sign any blank forms.
- Choose a certified professional mover. For free estimates at no obligation to you, get referrals from the American Moving & Storage Association at Moving.org.
“The moving and storage industry makes a valuable contribution to the success of America’s economy, from consumers moving to a new home, to military families moving to a new assignment, to businesses moving to new office space,” said Scott Michael, president and CEO of the American Moving & Storage Association. “To plan a safe and successful move, first go to Moving.org. You’ll also find nearly 2,800 certified professional movers called ProMovers, who are fully licensed and insured, and meet high standards for safety and professionalism.”
The American Moving & Storage Association, home of the ProMover certification program, is the national trade association representing the nation’s moving and storage companies, which provide household goods moving services, specialized transportation for sensitive freight such as computers and trade show exhibits, and warehouse storage services. AMSA has approximately 4,000 members, including domestic and international companies and industry suppliers, and supports programs and activities that promote consumer protection, professional development, safety, and operational efficiency. Find out more at ProMover.org and Moving.org.