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Now that you’ve found your new home in Texas, you're ready to find a mover. From the phone book to the Internet, finding a mover is easy if you know what to look for. Make your trek to the Lone Star State a little less stressful and find a mover that is professional and will work with you every step of the way.

You can start your search by opening a phone book or searching online yellow page sites, which contain listings for hundreds of local movers. Many people choose from the first couple of pages or find a company name that strikes their fancy. It’s important to make sure the moving company you hire is reputable by contacting the Better Business Bureau (BBB), angieslist.com or the American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA).

Another great resource is moving.com, which can help you find a mover in your area by job load and type of move. If you want your movers to pack everything for you and do the heavy lifting, you can search specifically for that. If you want to do the loading, but have them drive, you can. Moving.com is a member and exclusive partner of the AMSA, and all movers listed on the site are fully insured and licensed. This way you know you're getting professional service.

If it's difficult to find a mover, you can also call a local real-estate office and ask them about quality movers in your area. Most will be happy to help.

When looking for movers, make sure the company is not only reputable, but has experience in the type of moving job that you will bring them. Ask them if they use special tools for moving pianos and refrigerators, if applicable. Finally, ask about the people they hire – are they sub-contractors or actual company employees?

Ask a representative from the company of your choice to meet you at your home for an estimate. Before agreeing to hire them, ask for these things:

  • Full company name
  • Department of Transportation (DOT) and Motor Carrier (MC) license numbers
  • Number of years in business
  • Moving company address
  • Phone numbers (local and toll-free)
  • Web site and email addresses
  • References

After you find a mover, be sure to get everything in your new home set up before moving day. Go ahead and make sure your keys fit the locks and that the garage door opener is working properly. This helps movers access all parts of the home, saving time and complication.

Also, have the electricity turned on so that the movers can enter the home safely. Here at TXU Energy we offer excellent customer service, cash back loyalty rewards programs and low rates. Receive an online discount on certain plans by signing up on txu.com, and see why we're the #1 choice in Texas for electricity. See our electricity plans and rates.