Moving in to a new home is often an exciting time. It can also be a very stressful time, and requires more attention than most people think. There are many moving companies out there, and a lot of different prices to move the same pile of stuff... but why? Because doing things the right way, and finding a company you can trust may cost you a few more bucks.
Before relinquishing control of every prized possession, take the time to choose your movers carefully. It’s important to ask a potential moving company some key questions before signing off on anything. Keep in mind, you are essentially letting strangers pick up everything you own and drive away with it!
Here are a few questions to ask your mover before you move.
ARE YOU LICENSED?
A moving company should have aU.S. DOT number (a unique license number issued by the United States Department of Transportation). You can search the DOT's database to confirm they are legit. You should never hire a mover without a license number. It’s also best to hire movers that have been in business for a few years.
ARE YOU INSURED?
Verify that the moving company is insured on the same website you used to check their license. Never hire movers without insurance, so as to protect your belongings. Confirm that all of your personal items are covered during a move under your homeowners’ or renters’ policy. If not, you may want to consider supplemental moving insurance.
WHAT ARE YOUR ACCOLADES?
Before hiring movers, ask if they can show letters of recommendation from past customers. If they haven’t won any awards for service, chances are they aren’t going to win any from you. No one gives a glowing review to a company that over-promised, under-delivered, and over-charged.
WHAT ARE YOUR GOOGLE RATINGS?
Check with the Better Business Bureau, as well as review sites such as Yelp, Citysearch and TrustLink, which will share other people’s experiences. Sites like Google Guarantee or Angie’s List will also check the backgrounds of movers.
ARE YOUR RATES TRANSPARENT?
Low rates don’t necessarily mean a low final bill. Ask how many movers will be on the job, how they plan to protect your belongings, whether there are charges for things like fuel or the building type (if you live in an apartment building without an elevator, for example), and how long they estimate the job will take. This all impacts the price. Additional men and equipment can mean surprising extra costs.
By law, a moving company can only give rates on the phone, not estimates.
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