Choosing a Reputable Mover

Choosing a Reputable Mover

Most of us can agree that choosing the right mover for the job ultimately affects how smooth the process goes. However, before you sign that contact, consider a few tips to keep in mind for choosing the right mover.

Get a Few Estimates in Writing

All estimates you receive from movers should reflect an in-person inspection of what you expect on moving day. Make sure to get estimates from several companies before making a decision.

Ensure the Mover has Insurance & is Licensed

Legitimate out of state movers should have a U.S. DOT number issued by FMCSA. You can verify any number you receive by going to the government’s own page and entering it in their check box. Insurance is required for all moving companies, so be sure and get that as well.

In state movers fall under a different category for licenses, but you can check with your local state government for more information about what to expect.

Keep Your Priorities in Mind

Never hire a mover simply because their price point is the cheapest. Doing so could mean you are sacrificing quality work, the security of your possessions, and whether or not the move is completed on time. Additionally, keep in mind that all movers are required by law to complete the job for no more than 10 percent of the non-binding estimate they offered. If they do, they are breaking the law and should be reported.

Do Research

Before you move, review the “Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move” document that the Federal government supplies. Your mover is also required to present you with this booklet once you hire them, and the guidelines found inside do vary depending on where you live. Make sure and review the contents prior to your move so you know what to do if something is lost, damaged, or missing during the move.

Keep these tips in mind for a better, safer move.