Get several estimates
Prices among movers may vary, so get several estimates.
"I always recommend that consumers get three bids and compare them based on price, services and gut feel," Poage says.
Weigh the companies' reputations in the industry, as well as their availability and responsiveness to your needs, Poage says.
"If you are moving an entire household, a moving representative should come to your house to survey your belongings so that he can give you an accurate, written, binding estimate," she says.
Bisney also stresses the importance of a face-to-face meeting.
"Always get an in-person estimate," he says. "Estimates generated over the Internet or the phone are rarely accurate and can also be the sign of a shady operator."