Before you hire a mover to move your stuff, you need to make sure they are legitimate and factual. This could be done by interviewing the moving company to see if they are going to meet your requirements. Asking the movers about the following items will help you assess whether the mover you are considering is dependable and to ensure that you don’t hire a rogue moving company.
The moving company should have a USDOT number (US Department of Transportation Number) issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). However, intrastate moving companies in Florida are required to register with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS). Ask the movers about their registration number if you do not find it on their website or check them on the FMCSA website.
You can easily search for movers in Florida at Moversfolder and get moving company quotes from them. After comparing the free quotes and shortlisting the movers, you need to ask the movers for home surveys and get binding estimates from them. This binding estimate must include all charges and both you and the mover agree to and must also indicate the method of payment and be dated.
Some movers charge extra for huge or awkward items, or if your destination does not have easy access, or if the load has to be hand-carried over a certain distance. These extra charges should be discussed with your mover ahead of time and planned accordingly.
If they use Subcontractors
Many moving companies subcontract to a smaller company to ease their load. In such cases, ask for the subcontractor’s name and their details. This information should be readily available with the mover, so if they are uncertain, ask them to find out and get back to you. Check out the subcontractor’s performance review if possible or check out the drivers to ensure you will still receive good service.
There are some moving companies who may transfer your belongings from one truck to another, especially in the case of long distance move. You need to ask the movers regarding this, since additional transfers during transit may increase the possibility of damage and loss. Also, if you are moving during the winter or rainy season, you need to make sure the company protects against water damage.
Moving companies provide insurance at an additional cost which is usually based on the weight of your belongings. They usually offer standard coverage which is 60 cents per pound and is not enough to cover the true cost of the damaged item. You can always buy third party insurance, but before you purchase it, look into your home insurance to see if they offer any additional coverage for moving.
Referrals and Recommendations
Most reliable moving companies will automatically provide you referrals of their happy clients. You can call them and learn about their experiences. You can also ask your friends and relatives if have any recommendations or check review of moving companies in Daytona Beach online to find the right movers for you.