The 10 MUST LEARN Moving Tips!
With millions of moves occurring every year in the United States, sometimes things do not always go as planned. Starting off on the right foot and hiring quality movers is a must, of course.
Unfortunately, finding a reputable company does not always happen as easy as one would think. Since this industry was deregulated, many brokers and rouge movers have infiltrated this industry.
According to to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration(FMSCA) Website , www.protectyourmove.gov the average household good move as of 2015 was around $5200 dollars, yet the average damage claim was above $10,000!! In this industry it does not save you in the long run to work with companies that do not have yur best interest in mind!!
Below are 10 tips you must know to help you avoid such a costly mistake and ensuring that you have a stress free start to choosing a reputable company!!
Here are 10 easy ways to choose the right relocation company for your move:
1. Look for more than a cursory glance
A good estimator will ask many questions about what you plan to take from your current location to your next home. Be sure you are prepared to speak to the estimator and relay exactly want to bring and the items you want to stay or get rid of which items you don’t want to take with you.
2. Don’t be charged by pricing that is not verifiable
Reputable movers will not charge you based on cubic feet, volume or any method that cannot be verified. When you agree to be charged by another method you are giving up valuable rights! Look for movers charging by weight and miles. When you do pay, use a credit card to help protect you from possible fraudulent activity.
3. Avoid the name switch
Some companies avoid being investigated by the Better Business Bureau by doing business under a variety of different names. Unfortunately, these companies change names like you and I change shirts. Be sure the company has a local address and information about licensing and insurance.
To find out more about the company’s history, call the consumer complaints hotline at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 888-368-7238.
4. Get references
See If your friends and family have recommendations, get a list of reliable movers from associations such as the American Moving and Storage Association and state associations of movers. Look for trucks on the interstate and names you have seen before on the road. Seach every company on www.protectyourmove.gov.
5. Avoid hidden packing costs