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August 10, 2016

How Mover and Real Estate Collaboration Makes Your Move Easier

Reviewed By: Kelly Cruse, VP Human Resources & Chief Diversity Officer, Atlas World Group - 20+ Years in HR, Recruitment Trends, and DE&I

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Whether you're just headed down the road or across the country, moving can be a particularly stressful experience. Luckily, most people have support from two expert sources: a real estate agent and a moving service. The former helps you find the house of your dreams, while the latter helps plan and execute the move.

But these professionals don't have to exist separately during your moving process. By aligning their expertise, movers and real estate agents pave the way for a smoother, more efficient relocation.

From strategic planning to streamlined logistics, this collaboration offers a range of benefits for individuals and families on the move. You can begin this collaboration by:

Building Your Expert Team

Assembling the right team of professionals can turn the challenge of a move into a well-coordinated and successful transition. Creating a synergy between movers and real estate agents is not only about reaping the benefits of their collaboration but also about strategically building the expert team that will assist you.

By curating a partnership founded on compatibility, communication, and a shared commitment to your successful relocation, you can navigate the complexities of moving with confidence and ease.

How to Find the Right Moving Company

Finding the right moving company for you is an important step in ensuring a smooth and stress-free experience. When you begin searching for your company, consider utilizing these tips:

  1. Identify Your Needs - Determine the scope of your move: local, long-distance, or international. Take note of your belongings to estimate the size of the project and any special requirements (fragile items or bulky furniture). Decide whether you need additional services like packing and unpacking services, storage, or specialty item handling.
  2. Ask for Recommendations - Seek recommendations from friends, family, colleagues, or neighbors who have recently had a change of address. Check online forums and social media groups for suggestions and experiences shared by others.
  3. Check Credentials and Reviews - Look for companies that are licensed, insured, and registered. Research the business’ reputation by reading online reviews and testimonials on platforms like Google, Yelp, and the Better Business Bureau.
  4. Verify Experience and Expertise - Inquire about the company's experience in the moving industry and their track record with relocations like yours. Ask about the training and experience of their crew, especially if you have valuable or delicate items.
  5. Visit Their Office - If possible, visit the moving company's physical office to gauge their professionalism and commitment. Discuss your requirements in person and clarify any doubts you may have about the relocation process.
  6. Check for Transparency - A reputable moving service should be transparent about its rates, fees, and any additional charges. Ensure you understand their terms and conditions.
  7. Ask About Insurance and Liability - Inquire about the types of insurance coverage they offer for your belongings during the move. Clarify their liability in case of damages to your items and understand how the claims process works.
  8. Evaluate Customer Service - Assess their responsiveness and professionalism when you communicate with them via phone, email, or in person. A business with excellent customer service is more likely to provide a smooth moving experience.
  9. Check for Red Flags - Beware of relocation companies that demand a large upfront deposit or request cash-only payments. Avoid those that provide vague answers to your questions or have a lack of transparency.

How to Find the Right Real Estate Agent


  1. Local Market Expertise - Look for an agent who has an in-depth understanding of the local real estate market, including neighborhood trends, property values, and upcoming developments. Someone with strong market knowledge can provide valuable insights to help you make informed decisions.
  2. Specialization and Experience - Consider whether the representative specializes in the type of property you are interested in (residential, commercial, or luxury). Experience in dealing with properties like yours can enhance their ability to navigate the complexities of your transaction.
  3. Negotiation Skills - A skilled negotiator can make a significant difference in the outcome of your transaction. Inquire about their negotiation approach and their track record of securing favorable deals for their clients.
  4. Network and Connections - A well-connected agent often has access to a network of professionals, including lenders, inspectors, and contractors, which can be advantageous during your property transaction.
  5. Marketing Strategy - For sellers, discuss the agent's marketing strategy to attract potential buyers and maximize the exposure of your property. Inquire about their use of online platforms, photography, staging, and other marketing tools.
  6. Communication Style - Effective communication is essential throughout the buying or selling process. Choose someone who communicates clearly, promptly, and in a manner that suits your preferences.
  7. Client References - Request references from past clients who have worked with them. Contact these references to learn about their experiences and gain insights into their professionalism and effectiveness.
  8. Availability and Responsiveness - Discuss the agent's availability and responsiveness to your needs. A representative who is accessible and attentive can provide a smoother experience during the entire process.
  9. Transparency and Ethics - Choose an agent who operates with transparency and adheres to high ethical standards. A trustworthy agent will keep you informed and prioritize your best interests.
  10. Problem-Solving Skills - Real estate transactions can encounter unexpected challenges. Select an individual that has a reputation for creative problem-solving and finding solutions.
  11. Track Record and Awards - Research any awards, recognition, or accolades the agent has received in the real estate industry. These can provide additional evidence of their competence and expertise.

The Benefits of Mover and Real Estate Partnerships



Mover and real estate partnerships offer a unique opportunity you can benefit from in various ways, including:

Expert Movers Know the City
Your relocation service may be able to help you find a real estate agent to work with. This is especially beneficial for people who are amid a corporate relocation and are using temporary housing until they find that perfect abode.

Though not every moving service compiles a list of real estate agents, companies that focus on corporate relocation almost always have a few names they rely on or are aware of as the most active and professional agents in your new town or city.

Moving companies are a great resource, and they can help you find a real estate agent that understands your wants and needs.

Seamless Coordination When professional movers and real estate agents collaborate, they can synchronize their efforts to ensure a seamless transition between selling, buying, and moving.

Streamlined Logistics Collaborative planning between movers and real estate agents ensures that moving dates and property transactions are strategically scheduled. This coordination prevents conflicts and reduces the risk of rushed or disorganized moves.

Efficient Property Preparation Movers can provide recommendations for preparing properties for sale, including decluttering, or staging. Real estate agents benefit from having properties ready to showcase, attracting potential buyers.

Avoiding Pitfalls A Real estate representative can warn clients about potential issues that might arise during the moving process, such as timelines that do not align with property transactions. Movers can work with the real estate agent to select a new relocation date that fits everyone’s schedules.

Efficient Access to Resources Real estate agents can recommend reliable moving companies, ensuring clients have access to reputable professionals. Movers can refer clients to trustworthy real estate agents, streamlining the process of finding the right property.

Effective Communication Collaborative partnerships encourage direct communication between movers and real estate agents. This prevents miscommunication and ensures that everyone involved is on the same page.

Mover and real estate partnerships create a synergy that optimizes the property transaction and the moving process. When these two industries work together, you reap the rewards of a comprehensive and well-coordinated experience that minimizes stress and maximizes success.

Real Estate Agents Can Help with Your Moving Process

Real estate agents play a pivotal role in the property buying or selling process and in facilitating a smooth and organized moving experience. Real estate agents can assist you throughout your moving process by:

  1. Timely Selling Strategy - Real estate agents can help you determine the optimal time to list your property for sale based on market trends and demand. Selling at the right time can align with your moving plans and ensure a smoother transition.
  2. Coordinating Timelines - Real estate agents collaborate with you to align the closing dates of your current property sale and the purchase of your new home. This coordination minimizes gaps between moves.
  3. Referring Trusted Moving Services - Experienced real estate agents often have a network of trusted professionals, including reputable moving companies. They can recommend reliable movers who have a track record of providing quality services.
  4. Negotiating Moving-Related Terms - Real estate agents can negotiate favorable terms related to the moving process, such as requesting that the seller covers a portion of moving expenses or leaving specific items behind for you.
  5. Transition Planning - Agents can provide guidance on transferring utilities, updating your address, and handling paperwork associated with the move. This ensures a smooth transition and helps you settle into your new home seamlessly.
  6. Local Area Insights - Real estate agents are familiar with your new neighborhood and can provide information about local amenities, schools, healthcare facilities, and more. This knowledge helps you get acclimated to your new surroundings faster.

Real estate agents can serve as valuable partners in not only buying or selling properties but also in making your moving process more efficient and manageable. Their expertise, network, and insights contribute to a seamless transition from one home to another, ensuring that your entire journey is as stress-free as possible.

Moving Companies Can Help You Find A Real Estate Agent

With area expertise and a network of trusted partners, your chosen professional moving company can connect you with an expert real estate agent through:

  1. Industry Relationships - Moving companies often collaborate with various professionals in the real estate industry. They can introduce you to real estate agents they have worked with, leveraging their existing partnerships to connect you with trusted professionals.
  2. Efficient Referrals - Researching and choosing a real estate agent can be time-consuming. Moving companies can streamline the process by offering referrals to agents who have a proven track record of serving their clients well.
  3. Seamless Transition - Coordinating your move with your property transaction is crucial for a smooth transition. Moving companies can refer you to real estate agents who understand the logistical aspects of moving, ensuring a well-organized process.
  4. Comprehensive Support - Moving companies are invested in your overall relocation experience. They can refer you to real estate agents who offer comprehensive support beyond property transactions, ensuring a positive approach to your move.
  5. Proven Partnerships - Moving companies often collaborate with real estate agents for mutual client satisfaction. Their recommendations are based on successful past collaborations, ensuring that you are connected with agents who deliver results.

By tapping into the expertise and relationships moving professionals hold, you can find a real estate agent who is not only qualified but also aligned with your needs and preferences. This collaboration ensures that your property transaction and moving process are well-coordinated and successful.

Atlas Van Lines Partners with Realtors to Provide More Than Just a Stress-Free Move



In today's fast-paced world, a seamless and stress-free move is a major concern for anyone transitioning to a new home. However, when realtors seek to provide their clients with a moving experience that goes beyond the ordinary, they turn to a partnership that extends compassion and social responsibility.

Atlas Van Lines has served as an official partner for Move for Hunger since 2012, exemplifying a commitment to making a meaningful impact on local communities. We stand out not only for our exceptional moving solutions but also for our focus on giving back.

Through strategic collaboration with Move for Hunger, Atlas empowers realtors to offer their clients a moving experience that resonates with a sense of purpose. Move for Hunger's mission aligns perfectly with our values, as the organization strives to reduce food waste and fight hunger by collecting non-perishable food items from those relocating and delivering them to local food banks.

Realtors who wish to provide their clients with a socially responsible moving company need look no further than Atlas Van Lines. The partnership between Atlas and Move for Hunger represents a unique opportunity for realtors to make a lasting impact beyond the realm of real estate.

When realtors refer their clients to Atlas Van Lines, they are not merely offering a stress-free move; they are also endorsing a company that values social responsibility and actively engages in efforts to address pressing community needs.