Licensed: Be sure
the mover is licensed with the Us D.O.T . Their license supposed to be
shown on all documentation and advertising. Call the D.O.T check
license status. Never move with a mover whose license is non-existent,
revoked, or suspended.
Estimate: Try to make moving
arrangements well in advance of moving day. If you have more than a
couple of rooms of furniture to move, call two or more movers for
written estimates. Yes, you want to evaluate rates/prices, but you
also want to evaluate the company through their representative to be
sure they are qualified to move you.
Find prospective movers in your area by contacting
personal referrals, real estate brokers, the yellow pages and trusted
web directories. Be wary of companies advertising in certain local
newspapers and /or handbills talking "cheap" price. Check to make sure
they are licensed and carry required insurance coverage. If they break
or lose something, you want it fixed or replaced to the limits of
Carrier/Mover Liability: Make
sure the mover explains their basic liability and transit protection
options. Be sure to ask questions.
Price/Rates: While always a
factor in buying anything, do not select a mover on price alone.
Trained personnel, clean, safe moving vans, and insurance protection
Remember: This company is sending
movers into your residence to handle and move your personal
possessions. The lowest price, especially if it is far below the
average price of other movers, may be a red flag. Be careful ! Don't
move priceless heirlooms on the cheap !
Storage: If you require storage
space for your household effects for a short period of time prior to
moving to a new residence, your mover can assist you. Storage rates
are subject to change based on location. Some self storage companies
offer storage and require you to load/unload your own vaults. However,
be sure to check the monthly vault storage rates with those of a
conventional household goods storage warehouse. Conventional storage
facilities pricing is often far more reasonable. The possessions are
stored in the same manner as self storage vaults and your belongings
can be accessed by yourself in the same manner as self storage.
Evaluate Service Presentations: Listen and
evaluate the mover's presentation of services and price. Usually an
individual presentation stands out in clarity, and your questions and
concerns are professionally answered to your satisfaction.
Visit the Mover : Drive by, stop in the office and
buy a box. Make sure the mover has a business. See the trucks at the
business site. Look around to make sure these are the kind of people
you wish to invite into your residence to handle/move your personal