Hiring A Moving Company
June 20, 2018
- Get an estimate in writing that includes everything you need moved including things you may not think about like patio furniture, items currently stored in the attic, large appliances, and more.
- Check reviews for a company that will be man-handling all of your most precious belongings. Yelp, Google and MovingScam.com are good places to start.
- If you are hiring a mover to cross state lines, they must be licensed with the federal government and have a US DOT number. You can find this through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's website, ProtectYourMove.gov. If you are moving locally, contact your state's moving association to verify their license.
- Don’t waive liabilities; you shouldn't sign anything that "discharges" or "releases" a mover from liability.
- Ask about hidden fees; ask for a list of all fees; otherwise, it could end up costing you a lot of money.
- Ask about Restrictions; just in case you have a few atypical items sitting around that you need transported, be sure to ask if the moving company has any restrictions.
- Move Timeline; make sure to get clear communication about the moving company's timeline for packing, loading, driving and unloading the truck.
- Exchange numbers with the truck driver who will be doing your move. Make sure to get his or her cell phone number so you can track progress on your move and so he or she can contact you if there are delays.
- Get Insurance Coverage; if you're making a move across state lines, the mover must give you the option of "full value protection" and "released value." If moving locally, the mover must follow state insurance requirements. Check it.