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How to Hire Your First Moving Company

Posted on April 30, 2021

Save face by hiring a reputable Kelowna moving company.

Save face by hiring a reputable Kelowna moving company.

Moving is stressful, exciting and can be overwhelming. One of the best things you can do when planning your move is to hire an experienced, professional Kelowna moving company. But how do you find a moving company? How do you know if you even need a moving company? What kinds of things should you look for when thinking about moving and storage?

Read on to find out how and what to look for when hiring a moving company for the first time. 


How to Find a Moving Company 

Ask friends for personal references 

It’s easy to do a quick internet search and come up with an abundance of moving companies in Kelowna, but how do you know which one to choose? The first thing to do is ask your friends and loved ones. Chances are they, or someone they know, has used professional movers and can share their experiences.


Check the online reviews and do a little research outside your circle of friends. Your belongings are precious and deserve to be treated with care. Not all the reviews may be glowing, but you should get a general sense of how the moving company treated its previous clients.

Check the fine print 

It’s essential to beware of “rogue” moving companies. While fraud is rare, it does happen. Make sure the movers have a physical address (not just a P.O. box), an active license, and don’t require a “cash only” deposit or an unusually large deposit (over 20%).


What to Look for in a Moving Company


After you've chosen a mover in Kelowna, check their references and see if the mover has been certified by the Canadian Association of Movers (CAM). If you are moving long distance, check that the mover has a partner affiliation with a trusted moving company in Canada, such as United Van Lines.

License and insurance

Find out if the moving company has a license and insurance. Ask to see verification. Never hire a moving company that does not have the proper license and insurance. Experienced moving companies will be more than happy to verify their credentials.


Moving rates are based on an estimated number of hours and the number of movers you’ll need. But this is just a base estimate and doesn’t necessarily include any additional packing materials, storage, or other circumstances. A Kelowna moving company should be able to give you a general idea of how much your move will cost after conducting a pre-move survey, but you’ll need to clarify what is considered an extra fee. If the company isn’t transparent regarding these additional fees, you may want to look for a different moving company.

A good fit

Pick a moving company that can accommodate your specific moving situation. You may be moving a small apartment across town or packing up a mansion to move across the country. Each move has unique challenges. Pick a moving company that fits your move criteria. A quick move across town requires a lot less than a big move across the country.

After your successful move, be sure to give honest feedback to your moving company. A professional moving company will appreciate hearing about the excellent work they’ve done and areas where they can improve.

Looking to move to BC? Read how our Kelowna Moving Company Ranks the Top BC Moving Destinations here in the Okanagan.

Bekins Kelowna Moving and Storage is the top choice for local and long-distance moving within the Okanagan or beyond. As a member of United Van Lines, our team of professional Kelowna packers and movers ensure your belongings arrive safely, whether it’s around the block or across the country. Contact us for more information and a free estimate.