Most people don’t move very often. So hiring a moving company is not something they do every day.
Still, you should know what you are getting into when hiring somebody to move your possessions to your new home. There’s a lot at stake.
Here are some questions you can use to determine which is the right moving company for you.
Are They an Independent Company?
Many moving companies have their own employees, their own trucks and their own moving business. But there also are moving brokers simply match customers with moving companies.
Moving brokers aren’t necessarily a bad thing: They can often provide you with a substantial savings on your moving expenses. But unlike a moving company, moving brokers can’t provide you with a binding estimate and they aren’t responsible for any loss or damage of your possessions during the move.
Can You Get a Binding Quote?
Moving companies typically will provide you with a binding quote, or a “not to exceed” quote, after reviewing how much stuff and how far you have to move. This quote can only be accurate if your possessions are inspected in person.
Be cautious of any moving company that is willing to give you a binding quote over the phone, without seeing how much stuff you have.
Are There Any Additional Charges?
Before signing any moving agreement, read the fine print. There are often hidden charges such as extra fees for stairs, long carries, appliances, parking, storage, fuel, or extremely heavy items.
You can avoid an unpleasant surprise at the end of your move if you carefully review your contract before it begins.
Will There Be Transfers?
In some instances — such as long-distance moves — some items may be transferred to another vehicle for a portion of the trip. This increases the chances of damage.
If you don’t want to take the risk, make sure your moving company includes a “no transfers” clause in your moving agreement.