How Do I Hire The Right Movers?
Updated: Sep 23, 2019
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There are million people across America like yourself moving to a new home. With so many moving sources to find movers in your area you want to find the right professional and not become a victim of moving scams. This article will not only just give you basic moving information about hiring movers but also give you insight about moving companies most don't want you to know.
1. Research, research and did we mention RESEARCH.
When you google search "moving companies near me" or "(your city) movers" you will see that beside every company name you see licensed and insured or professional movers. Most companies are but how do you know for sure that they are? One way is to do research on the company via google reviews, Better Business Beau, and also by there license number. All professional movers are required by law to have a USDOT number and also for long distance MC Number. So before you give anyone in the moving industry your hard earn money and also your cherished belongings research that company and ask questions about there licensing.
2.Services,Charges and Fee...Oh My
When its time to move typically we call a moving company and say "Hey I'm looking for a quote I'm from Basic Lane to Easy Ave." Most moving company will charge by the hour other will charge you a flat rate, the question with in itself how much am i being charge in total.
Typically hourly charges everything is standard. A truck and two guys with equipment. Now here's the thing about hourly,what else would you be charged for? Stairs,elevators,long carry,over-sized items and etc and some of the fees that are often hidden until its time for the bill. If you choose a moving company that does charge by the hour don't be afraid to ask questions.Another thing is two make sure you booked enough movers for what you need done. If you have a big home you will need more than 2 movers for 2 hours. When booking hourly ask the prices for different size moving crews and realistically choose how many it would take to efficiently load and unload a truck for you.
Now with flat rate moving you have two different type binding and non binding which both having obvious meanings. With flat rate moves you have a set price/quote based off the moving inventory (the things you want moved) and mileages. Flat rate REQUIRES and i mean requires a moving inventory checklist/request/in home estimate for you to get a flat rate quote. Its important to know the the prices can change especially in a non binding move if you don't not complete this inventory correctly. Once you and the mover complete the inventory you will then get an accurate quote. They will either charge you by the cubic ft or by the weight and the best thing about that the mover has to go to a weight station to make sure you are everything checks out.
3. Never Pay A Huge Deposit..EVER.
Most movers won’t require a cash or a huge deposit before moving. Deposit for a move are typically a certain percent just to lock in your move and also to cover to the expenses if you so happen to cancel last minute.Deposit are partial payment of your move and should only pay the remainder upon delivery. If you pay fully in advance, you have no control over when you will see your belongings again. When you do pay, use a credit card to help protect you from possible fraudulent activity.
4. Insurance and Protection
Moving companies are required to assume liability for the value of the goods they transport. However, there are two different levels of liability. Release Coverage and Full Valuation.
Full valuation fully protects you and you belongings. This requires the movers to fully replace or repair anything that is damage. Full valuation is an optional add on and requires a payment but better safe than sorry.
Release Coverage is more basic coverage and is a default coverage for your move. Unlike full coverage the moving company only has to pay you .60 cent per pound of the item. Example if a 10-pound stereo component valued at $1,000 were lost or destroyed, the mover would be liable for no more than $6
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