This is a question that you should probably ask yourself. Meaning, only you can decide how important your items are to you. If you are moving things that have little to no financial or sentimental value, then you might have a higher tolerance for risk. If you are moving valuable stuff, then you should focus heavily on quality service.
It’s completely understandable that people want to move at an affordable price. However, when it comes to moving, if you shop by price alone you are setting yourself up as a mark. Any moving company that promises you a great move for a dirt cheap price is probably not on the up and up – they will add on fees prior to delivery and will hold your goods until you pay the higher bill. That’s how the classic moving scam works.
If you want to have a good move, it’s important to be logical about what you are buying. Remember, moving requires manual labor, materials, fuel, etc. and a fair price will reflect that. The best thing to do is reach out to several moving companies and have them come to your home to see what needs to be moved and then give you an estimate. If you obtain a few bids, and one comes in especially low, that should be a red flag.
Personally, I think hiring a mover that is known for quality is always going to be better than hiring on price alone. If things are damaged from lack of care, or your valuation coverage is inadequate, you’ll end up paying more on the back end for repairs and replacements. Also, if you are moving within a tight time frame (starting a new job, closing on a house, etc.) you will need things to go smoothly. Finally, if you do end up with a mover that is disreputable, the psychological toll of having to pay more for your items (or else!) weighs heavy. A few extra dollars to save your sanity is money well spent.
But, take heart, there are ways to drop the price of your move! Good movers can give you some pointers to cut down your total weight – all you have to do is ask.