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Advice on Finding a Reliable Mover

  • Make sure the movers you are considering is duly licensed by your state’s Department of Transportation or other regulatory body as required by law and that his certificate number is legitimate. Long Distance movers and local movers both require licenses to move household goods. Also be sure to clarify how your are being charged for your move and always get Binding move quotes. You can check a movers safety record by clicking on the FMSCA Logo below.

Check your local BBB about constant complaints 

  •  Reliable movers might have a few complaints lodged against them but their record with the Better Business Bureau should show that they responds to and resolves complaints or issues. The BBB uses a grading policy with A+ being the highest grade. Also Check Out their Reviews on third party websites to guage their level of customer service and professionalism. Remember when getting moving estimates that as with anything in life you get what you pay for so the cheapest price is not always the best price.  Reviews.

Ask if they carry Bodily Injury  Insurance and Property Damage

  • Most state regulatory bodies require such coverage. This adds to the cost of doing business but it protects you. Be suspicious of the very low bidder for he may be cutting cost by cheating on this needed protection. All licensed movers must carry basic insurance of 60 cents per LBS and offer full value replacement insurance as well. Although workers compensation is not required for all movers it is definitely a plus that you select a mover who does. Typically movers carry 1 million dollars in liability insurance.

    Know how your Mover is charging you.

  • Movers typically charge by three different methods. They even either charge by the hour, which typically applies to local moves. However for long distance moves the charge is calculated by the volume or weight.  The way movers determine the weight is by visiting a DOT weigh station where the entire truck is physically weighed. Then the cost is calculated by multiplying the weight time the rate per pound which is determined by the mover.  When charging by volume th shipment is measured in the truck and the client pays for the linear feet or cubic footage taken by the goods in the truck. The most accurate way to estimate moves is typically by volume which can be calculated by doing an accurate inventory list. When going by weight or hours its more of a guessing game.

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