How to Choose a Moving Company

 


Do you need help finding the best moving company? If so, this article will go over some of the steps to take when looking for a mover in the Southern part of the U.S. The first step is to check their license with your state's department of transportation. Next, ask about any subcontractors that they may use during the move. It is also essential to estimate and determine what type of expert help they offer (packing services, loading, and unloading). Finally, make sure that you have adequate moving insurance in place before signing anything!


Request for Estimate Personally

After you've done your research and narrowed down a list of potential movers, the next step is to get in-person estimates. It's essential to get a minimum of three estimates from local movers before hiring them, and you should avoid emails or phone conversations. The full cost of the relocation cannot be understood without first seeing all the necessary information. It is best to check that the moving company has a valid license and insurance before starting the job. You can look into the certification of interstate movers on Protect Your Move, and you can research local movers by checking with your state's Consumer Affairs Agency. 

Some red flags that can help protect you from moving scams or unreliable movers are discussed during the estimate stage.

You should have a look at the signs of scams.

Low bids: A low estimate may be tempting, but it's usually a red flag. Likewise, it is tempting for some to choose low-cost movers, but this can signify that the movers don't understand the project's scope and might cut corners. Additionally, it could be a scam.

Large deposits: A reliable mover should not collect more than 20% of the estimated upfront. Never pay more than 20% of the total cost upfront, and it is better if the company does not ask for payment until after your move. If you cannot get a large deposit for a more complicated relocation, make sure that your money is put on a credit card to avoid unforeseen events. Always send a cashier's check or money order. If something goes wrong, you can dispute the charge with your credit card company to receive full reimbursement.

Rented moving vans: Moving freight companies might need to rent moving vans so residential and commercial customers can depend on their service. Rental trucks are more common for small moves such as one or two pieces of furniture. If you need a moving company for your house moves, they are less common. Reliable companies will have their vans and equipment.

Unprofessionalism: Other unacceptable behaviors include showing up late for the estimate, acting unprofessionally, and communicating in an overly condescending manner. Additionally, be aware of companies that do not have an answering service. Lastly, check the company's address to see if it is listed under a residential or commercial address. Commercial addresses offer a more secure location to move your business.


Get Estimate

It is a great idea to research multiple estimators before the move. When researching moving companies, you should be aware of those that do not offer an in-person estimate. It can be a red flag for potential clients if no on-site visit is required. To get a good idea of the costs of hiring your own moving company, you'll need to receive at least three offers.

Before they begin a move, reputable movers should give a binding estimate. Ask your moving company about their subcontractor standards, such as limiting the number of subcontractors they work with per day and how many helpers are assigned to a truck.


Find a Moving Company that meet your requirements!

Before choosing a moving company, think about whether you have any specialized needs such as furniture or belongings. On most company's website, they may highlight their specialized skills. But reviews are also a great way to figure out what kind of specialized skills a company has.

Hiring a reliable moving company from a several national moving companies can be tough, and you may need to pay for additional services. Other included-value features might include using rigging systems and offering professional cleaning services at the end of a move and special crates used for transporting assets.

When it comes to what type of relocation is necessary, various professional companies offer this service. However, when considering a moving company, it is important to select one with the right permits.


Moving Insurance

All moving companies are required to assume liability for the value of their goods. However, it is important to understand the difference between full coverage and liability. When comparing your options, make sure to take into consideration the applicable charges.

Additionally, you should be mindful of the level of protection offered by each option and consider what's best for you.

Full (Replacement) Value Protection:

Your belongings deserve quality protection. With this moving insurance, you get the coverage you need to protect your most prized possessions. Unless you select the Alternative Level of Liability, your property will be insured at full replacement value. With this plan, your mover can either:

The moving company is required to repair any damage caused during the move of your belongings or refund you the total cost of the move.

Under this option, movers are allowed to lower their liability if your lost or damaged articles of "extraordinary value" are not listed on the shipping documents. Jewelry, silverware, china, furs, and antiques are examples of items with high value that exceed $100 per pound (or kilogram). You may be frustrated to learn that the value of your furniture limits your move.

Alternative Level of Liability:

This is the cheapest source of coverage available, but it offers only minimal protection. Under this option, the mover takes on liability for no more than 60¢ per pound of goods that are being moved. In the event of a claim, an article's worth or replacement cost is calculated on its weight in pounds, and 60% is applied to it. There is no charge for this service, but you must sign a specific statement on the bill of lading accepting it. If you do not select this option, you will be charged the full value plus an additional valuation fee.


Conclusion

If you are reading this, then congratulations! You have taken the first step to hiring a moving company, and we want to help make your experience as smooth and easy as possible. We hope that our tips will make it easier for you to find a trustworthy mover who is not only reliable but affordable too.


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