The whole idea of moving and need for hiring a company that will move your things may seem a little frightening and tiresome and sometimes very expensive. But, by searching a proper company, you would be surprised how much money you can save if you compare the companies and their prices and in this whole process you will be avoiding scams.
Here are few simple tips that might be able to help you:
Recommendations are the first order of business
Surely, some of your friends or relatives have used moving company services; they will give you a sincere advice and tell you on what to pay attention.
There is always a local moving company near your home, find their representatives and arrange a meeting, you will want for them to estimate in person how much the moving will cost.
It is always the best solution to find a mover by yourself, in that way, you will be able to avoid numerous scams.
Background check all moving companies
When you have a list of possible movers, it would be wise to check them online. You can use Better Biro Business website to perform this, or you can call American Moving and Storage Association. If a moving company is a member, this means it has obliged to have published tariffs and to be engaged in arbitration program. Each of these organizations has companies who are blacklisted and that should be avoided.
Select minimum four companies to do an in- home estimate
For example, if you are planning to move to another state, you should ask the moving company to provide you written binding estimate or a better solution would be, a binding not- to – exceed the estimate. These both types will guarantee you a guaranteed price for your move. The price will be based on the weight and the distance. You can also get a nonbinding estimate; as long it is free. But, Department of Transport warns that your moving costs will be bigger than the estimate.
Show every asset that needs to be moved to the estimator
It is important to show everything that you have for moving because this may change the initial agreement that you had with the company. If you forgot something to show him, he may challenge the previous estimate, he might make to pay a higher amount, or he doesn’t even have to move your things to the previous conditions.
Check the estimate in details
The estimate should be signed by you and the moving company as this will serve you as some bill. Inventory list should be included when your items are loaded.
Pay attention to writing the binding estimate; it should be on the top of the document with the signature and date at the bottom. This should guarantee you that your goods will arrive safely at the desired location and at the arranged time.
The moving company should have insurance and licenses
There are a lot of companies out there who don’t have proper licenses for business, you should visit the website of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and check every moving company there.