Moving is a very stressful experience and if you don’t take precautions, it can quickly turn into a nightmare. So how do you find a moving company that you can trust with everything that you own and feel safe in your decision?
The first thing that you should do is to use a variety of ways to help you make your decision. The internet, friends, family, phone book and real estate agents are the best sources for referrals.
Then find at least three moving companies that have offices in your area. Try to find moving companies that have been in business at least seven years, and do not hire a moving broker. Current consumer protection laws related to the movement of household goods only apply to Motor Carriers and not to Household Goods Brokers.
Set up appointments for a representative at each of those three moving companies to come to your house and do an in-home estimate. The best way to do this is in the order of your least favorite to your most favorite company. Most reputable companies will do this for free, however some may have dwelling size minimums so before having them come out, so make sure to ask.
Ask questions about the difference in pricing since it may have to do with what services one company provides that another doesn’t. The amount of insurance included, or valuation of your belongings are also good things to ask about. Never hire a mover who gives you a quote based on cubic feet. Never, ever sign blank paperwork, and know what you’re signing. Read the document, understand it and don’t worry about making the moving company wait.
You should know that every moving company is required by law to provide you with a “Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move” booklet. If they don’t provide you with this, send them packing (so to speak).
Also, while you have the sales rep’s attention, get as much information about the company that you can such as:
- Full company name and any DBA names (doing business as)
- How long they have been in business
- Company address
- Phone numbers (local and toll-free)
- Company web site address
- DOT and MC license numbers
- Email addresses
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK is the largest franchised moving company inNorth America. It includes more than 200 locations and more than 1,300 trucks on the road. Each location is independently owned and operated, and sells boxes and packing supplies. Locations complete both home and business moves, as well as packing and unpacking services.