What you should look for.
he Things to Check
It's your responsibility.
There are a few things you should look
for when hiring a mover. The first is to check that the mover is licensed with
the state's Department of Transportation (DOT). Be sure to check your mover's
license certificate and call the DOT for verification. You may also want to check
with the local Better Business Bureau to make sure he or she doesn't have any
Each company will structure their fees differently. It
is a good idea to talk to a few companies to see how they work. As with any service
professional, ask around for recommendations. You may have neighbors and colleagues
who have moved recently and who can steer you toward a company.
a Good Look at the Estimate It's revealing.
Another way to gauge
a moving company is by the estimate they offer.
Remember that estimates
are not guaranteed prices. They are ballpark figures. Your mover cannot give you
a binding estimate over the phone or Internet. Be sure
to note which items you will move or pack yourself and which you need help with
from them. This will make your estimate even more accurate.
Kind of EstimateBe sure to get it...or get another company.
companies will give a "not to exceed" estimate following an on-site inspection.
This estimate will have qualifying statements attached. If the conditions of the
move change in any way, such as you don't finish packing and they have to complete
it for you, the price will go up. If you cannot get a "not to exceed" estimate
or a binding estimate, look for another mover. Always get the estimate in writing
and look for the "not to exceed" qualifying statement.
for moving companies that are established. Check how long they have been in business.
Look for membership in professional associations or certifications from organizations.
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