You put your possessions in the care of a moving service, but there's no way to give them a trial run. You can't exactly put the brakes on mid-move and switch to another company.
Today, thanks to the Internet, you can research companies in advance and get some firsthand feedback. Here are some local moving services that have earned a reputation for reliability and professionalism.
Don't let the name fool you: the movers at Skinny Wimp are hard-working and efficient. This family-owned company will treat your possessions like their own, and all trucks are fitted with a customized shelving unit that protects fragile items while maximizing available packing space. Request a free quote online, over the phone or on location.
For better or worse, this is another company you can't judge by its name. College Hunks is all business with a full range of moving, junk removal and donation pick-up services. They handle both local and long-distance moves, with a single contact person making all the arrangements for you. Using your own truck? College Hunks offers hourly labor services to do as much or as little as you need.
The "two men" are father and son Dave and Nick Bailey, who opened their first Twin Cities location more than 15 years ago. They will customize your move based on your budget and needs, whether it's just a few large items or full packing and moving services. Two Men will deliver boxes and packing supplies to your home at no charge and you pay for only the boxes you use.
In just 18 months, The Move Crew has already earned a five-star rating based on more than 100 reviews. Friendly and knowledgeable staff members will consult with you to recommend the most effective crew size and other elements of your move. Their fully transparent rates have no hidden fees or charges and include full replacement value insurance on your goods.
5. You Move Me 1209 Tyler St NE Minneapolis 800.926.3900
The whimsical name is a good tip-off that this is no run-of-the-mill moving company. They include unexpected and welcome extras such as free wardrobe service, where they pack your clothes right from the closet, and a special housewarming gift. You Move Me has extended hours until 7:30 p.m. seven days a week, and they bill in 15-minute increments rather than 30- or 60-minutes so you don't pay for any extra time.