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How to Choose A Mover for Your Upcoming Move?

Got your new home and moving soon? Congratulations on your relocation. But now what? Does it feel like you don’t know what you’re doing? Don’t know where to start or how to choose a mover for your upcoming relocation? Don't worry, you are not alone. Moving is often quoted as the most stressful experiences of our lives. This is because we don’t tend to move frequently in our lives to make it a process that we can get used to. So when it comes to moving we are all novices and it shows! 
 
Moving could be handled well, by being smart, knowing what you are doing and hiring the most reliable movers. Keep reading and find out more about the trickiest part of the moving process like how to choose a moving company for your move and more. This is the most important decision since there are plenty of scammers out there and you certainly don't want to hand over your beloved belongings to them.

Ask for Referrals from Friends and Relatives

The best source of geniuses’ information is from people that you trust. Talk to your family, friends, colleagues or neighbors who have moved recently. Keep in mind that the best recommendations come only from satisfied customers, so if you find anybody moving in or out of the house, don't hesitate, just go to them and ask some questions that might be helpful for your upcoming move. In fact, if you are moving for the first time, you should begin with learning the types of moves and moving companies. You can even talk to your realtors or estate agents as they can give you experienced and knowledgeable recommendations.

Get Multiple Free Moving Quotes Online

One simple way to get multiple free moving quotes for all your local or long distance moving needs is to fill out a simple form at Moversfolder and instant you will receive quality moving company quotes. Since all the moving companies are licensed and insured, you can find the legitimate movers and avoid being scammed by unethical movers. Once you have collected moving quotes, begin comparing them. Don't just compare the prices, but also compare services offered and their terms and conditions. Also, you can check online reviews from past customers at Moversfolder in order to find the best movers that match your customized moving needs and budget. Lastly, to make your move easy, you can find plenty of ingenious and useful moving tips at Moversfolder.

Be Flexible on Your Moving Date

Ideally, you should choose your movers at least 4-8 weeks before your moving day. If you leave it too long, you’ll find that all reputable moving companies are fully booked and you’ll have less choice in the matter. So, it is better to find and book your mover as far in advance as possible. Always remember, movers are often busy during summer, which is considered as the peak season for moving, at the end of the month, on Fridays and weekends and may charge more during these premium times. So, once you have an estimated moving day, you should talk to your shortlist as soon as possible.

Get an in-home Estimate from Short-Listed Moving Companies

You next step is to contact the shortlisted movers and schedule physical in-home survey. This gives the movers a chance to assess the volume of your household items like furniture, boxes and other items that needs to be moved, and it also gives you a chance to interview the moving company representative. When an estimator visits your home make sure to show them everything, from rooms, closets, basement to attic. Inform the movers of any possible unusual situations on either end so your estimate can be more accurate. Make the moving company representative aware of any problems that they may encounter at the delivery such as parking problems, stairs, elevators, road access, and additional services etc. Your moving cost can increase because of such circumstances. After they access your belongings and understand your moving needs, they should be able to provide you with written binding estimates or even better, binding not-to-exceed estimate. Once you are armed with this information you can begin researching about them.

This is also the time to ask the crucial questions to the movers like how long they have been in business or whether they use subcontractors or what kind of insurance they offer and even gather other important information like:
  • The moving company's full name, company’s address, phone numbers, and email and their website address.
  • Get Names and contact information for at least three company’s references.
  • Note their US DoT# (U.S. Department of Transportation) and MC (Motor Carrier) license numbers.

Compare Moving Company Quotes

Now that you have received binding estimates from the shortlisted movers and have thoroughly researched about them, it's time to make the final comparison between them. Begin with reviewing the moving company quotes, as it may serve as both your order for service and bill of lading, too. For long distance move, the binding estimate should define the type and quantity of goods you’re moving, the distance to your new home, date of pickup and delivery, and charges for any additional services such as packing etc. If you are buying additional insurance from your mover make sure you clearly understand the costs and details of that coverage.

For a local move, you will get a written estimate that is based on the hourly rates and any additional costs you may incur like for packing supplies, tolls etc. Compare the prices and services of each quote. Don't hesitate to negotiate to get the best prices. Moving is a competitive industry, chances are, they may reduce your moving prices by a notch to get your business.

Check Licenses and Insurance

When choosing a moving company, it is important to make sure they have proper license and insurance. You certainly want to hire moving companies and not moving brokers. By checking their license information etc., you will know the difference between a moving brokers vs moving companies. However, there are different types and levels of licensing, let's have a look.

Moving locally: When you are moving locally within the city & state, the local movers you are considering should be licensed either by that state's Department of Transportation, Public Utilities Commission, or Bureau of Consumer Affairs. You can check their license information by simply calling your local state association.

Moving long distance: When you are moving long distance to another state or across the country, the long distance movers you are considering should be licensed by the FMCSA which is regulated by the US Department of Transportation. By law, these companies are also required to publish their tariffs and make it accessible to anyone.

Moving Insurance: Another criterion to consider when choosing a moving company is the type of moving insurance policies and coverage they offer. Insurance requirements for moving companies stem from federal and state regulations. So, depending on where the moving company is operating, they may have to carry general liability insurance, cargo coverage and/or workers’ compensation insurance. While interstate mover's insurance is regulated by FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration), state and local governments also have their own statutes to supervise this activity.

With general liability insurance, customers have two choices for valuation coverage - full value protection or released liability. Full value protection means the movers are 100 per cent liable for the replacement value of a damaged or lost property, whereas Released value coverage means that when an item is damaged or destroyed, the movers will either replace, repair or make a cash settlement. Cargo insurance is standard coverage where the moving company is liable for is .60 cents per pound for damages. This is the most basic coverage and every mover is required to carry it.

Better Business Bureau Track Record History

You can Call or visit the Better Business Bureau website (www.bbb.org) and check if the movers you are considering has more than a few unresolved complaints filed against them. Records of moving companies registered in a particular state are kept at Local Better Business Bureau of that state. While even reliable moving companies might have a few complaints against them, check that whether they respond to and resolve complaints and have an overall satisfactory rating. If they have a lot of unresolved complaints, it is better to avoid them.

Also, ask if the movers are members of the American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA). This membership is voluntary and it means the moving company have conceded to abide by the organization’s published tariffs and to participate in arbitration program.

With the US-DoT or MC number, you can get lots of information about the company. Just visit https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov, which is the website of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), and enter the company’s US-DoT number and begin your research with a simple click on 'Search” button.

Check Business Physical Presence

Another important step in choosing a mover is to make sure their commercial office actually exists. If the moving companies you are considering has no business address, or are hesitant to provide you with their physical business address or show any business documents, beware of them. Know their physical address will help you track them when you have any problems. Also, consider visiting the moving company’s office wherein you will know a lot about how your belongings will be treated by visiting the company's office and meeting them personally.

Finally, Hire the Movers!

After background checks, only when you feel confident about the mover, their services and prices, book them.  Confirm the moving dates and details of your move once again and ensure that you obtain a signed order for service and a bill of lading. Happy Moving!

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