Hiring a moving company can be scary. How do you know that they will not break your luggage, charge more than consent, or simply load your luggage into the truck and disappear? Fortunately, you can avoid these nightmares with little knowledge and research time. To find a valid moving company, read these instructions carefully, which will not cause any tension on your move.
Finding a Good Moving Company
Determine how many plans you make about moving your luggage. If you are moving from Arizona to New Jersey, you would like to rent a moving company experienced in crossing the state lines. If on the other hand you are moving from one urban neighborhood to another, then search for companies that meet the people living in your city.
Ask people for recommendations and warnings. A good way to start your search is through the recommendations of friends, friends and colleagues. Researching these companies is still an important step, which is capable of having a rough idea and which should be avoided, can save you a lot of time.
Ask local real estate agents for recommendations. Call one or two local real estate agents and ask if they can recommend a moving company. He has helped many of his clients go in or out of your current area.
If you have at least three recommended companies at this point, you can skip research on a moving company. Return here for more consideration if those companies are not satisfactory.
See for services running in the phone book. Use a local phone book or a copy of the yellow pages to search under “moving” for potential companies to investigate. Listed companies should have real addresses in your area, and the likelihood of your scam is much less compared to the ones you find on Internet search.
If many companies are for research, then limit it to those companies who have been in business for at least ten years. In many lists, a “established,” “station” Or “date” that will tell you when the company was created.
Search with caution online. If you do not have at least three companies to do research, or if the other companies you have been looking for are not in line with your needs, it’s time to search online. Find the name of your city or region along with “moving company”, but be vigilant to avoid online scams. Each company’s website should display an address in your area, and you should never enter personal information or pay the fee to access the site. Research companies found online with special care, as described in the next section.
Avoid sites that claim to find a proposer for you. These are usually scams trying to get your money or personal information.
Avoid avoiding brokers. You may be tempted to appoint a “moving broker” who claims to arrange a good deal for you. Unfortunately, at least in the United States and the United Kingdom, brokers are not subject to the same consumer protection laws, which prevents ordinary moving companies from scam or abusive their clients. It is best to stay away from moving brokers completely and to keep hiring a company.
Researching a Moving Company
Look For Online Company Review. See the company name on sites like Movingscam.com or Yelp. You can get a recommendation, a rating or a warning which the company engages in scams or bad service. Try searching on many well-known websites to get more information. If it seems that the company has scam people in the past, then it can cross it from your list.
You may not want to rely on a better business bureau, which has been accused of raising the rating in return for money.
Visit the company’s website. The company’s website is usually listed in the phone directory, or is easily found through online search. If the website looks amateur, it is difficult to navigate, or the information you need is not included, you can search for a more professional company. At least, the website should clearly tell you:
The company’s full name If this is different from your expectations, or if many names are listed, then search for additional reviews to make sure that this is a real company.
Company Address. Do not rent any address company at any time. A large company with multiple locations may have an address lookup to find an office.
Contact information including phone numbers and email addresses.
Call the company reference. Ask for at least three references from the company, so it is clear that you are asking for the previous customers. Call each of these references and ask them for details of the experience. If a satisfied customer hired a truck to move some blocks away, then it can not tell you much if you are planning to go one thousand miles away.
Ask for documentation whether the company works in the United States. In the United States, companies which transport cargo on the lines of state, and some that work within the state require a USDOT number and a motor carrier license number. These may be displayed on their advertisements or websites, or you may have to ask them via email or phone. Use Motor Carrier Lookup Site to see if the company is valid or not.
If the USDOT record is called Out of Service, or if the contact information does not match the mail you are using to communicate with the company, then you can deal with scam artists.
Motor Career Records must include a safety rating. Find “satisfactory” companies that you rent.
Consider how the company has worked during communication. Have employees of the company been professional and courteous during your communication? Do they respond immediately to your email (next business day or early), or are they waiting for you? If a company is too busy or inappropriate to communicate humbly with the prospective customer, you may not want to rent them.
Estimating a Price
Ask for estimation on site. Once you are sure that the company is valid, it’s time to find out about pricing. Contact the company to request an on-site estimate, in which the company sends an employee to check your luggage and estimates the cost of this step. If possible, ask for the “binding” estimate, which will clearly list the cost of each service. When the company actually charges you, then “non-binding” estimates can be quite expensive. The exact laws governing binding and non-bidding projections are different between states and countries, so look at the laws in your area if you want to make sure that the estimate tells you what.
Show the estimator everything that it is necessary to make an accurate estimate. This includes cupboards, basement, backyard and sheds, and anywhere else the floating goods are stored. If the estimator does not take the test completely, then do not rely on the estimate.
Inquire about all additional charges. To work properly, read carefully how much the cost of this step will be. Ask the company to disclose all fees, including the duty to move some items, packing and unpacking of each carton, or using extra packing material when a carton is different. If the fees seem inappropriate, then go to another company.
In the United States, every moving company must have a “tariff” which lists these fees as a whole.
Learn about how to reimburse damaged or lost items. Ask the movers for information about valuation or liability, which will tell you how much dues will be to the movers when items are damaged or lost during shipment. A moving company can provide many evaluation services at different prices, and if you do not specifically sign a document agreeing with a service, then they can try charging you on a more expensive plan.
Some evaluation services are included at no extra cost. However, these can only provide you a small percentage of the value of the damaged item. For example, the U.S. The expected release value plan provides only 60 pounds of weight loss, even if the item is actually worth it.
In more comprehensive plans, the movers may need to completely replace, repair or pay the damaged goods. However, these are usually more expenses and can be limited to some expensive items. Be sure to list each item covered on the assessment agreement.
Be careful with very low estimates. If a company gives a very low cost estimate compared to its competitors, then do not jump on the occasion without doing your research. This could mean a wrong or dishonest estimate, or a low quality service that could damage your household goods. In the worst case, it could be a scam that steals your property or ransom it for an extra fee.
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