Mind the details
Once everything's packed, the moving company will give you a bill of lading, which spells out the conditions of your contract and includes an inventory of your property and other critical information. Read the fine print and ask questions before you sign.
"All interstate moves and most intrastate moves are subject to government regulations, which have been written to address almost every possible scenario, so there are definitely some fine points consumers should be aware of," says Bisney. "Many more variables can affect the cost of a household goods move than would come in effect for a simple product purchase."