If you are planning to hire a company to do your heavy lifting and move your precious belongs, there are several questions that need to be asked and answered appropriately by the company you plan to hire.
You need to ensure that the moving company you hire is legit and not some rogue company that is going to take your money and your belongings for a ride far away where you will never again see either one.
You will need to check with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, (FMCSA) about your moving company’s USDOT number. The company may not have a USDOT number if they are a local company; however, you can still check with the FMCSA to verify this.
Ask the company what their rate is for moving you. Some companies charge by the hour or pounds of storage; however, if they state they charge by the cubic foot, say bye-bye now and “no thank you” to this type of rate charge. Make sure the moving company gives you an estimate that is in writing that you both can agree on. You also need to receive a copy of this agreement, signed by all parties involved. The estimate the moving company gives you must have an agreement of all charges, as well as the method of payment they will accept.
Some large moving companies hire smaller sub-contractors to do the job; if, this will be the case with your moving company be sure to ask the names of any subcontractors they are going to use. If they are not for sure of whom these companies are; make sure you ask them to provide in writing that these companies are before they start moving any of your belongings. Information about sub contracting companies should be readily available, most of these companies are smaller companies that use their own trucks and you are going to need to know this information if a truck without a company logo pulls up to your home and starts packing your belongings into it.
Will there be any extra charges for items that are not traditional sizes? Some moving companies will charge an extra fee for items that are odd shaped and if this is the case with you company you plan to hire, it would be a good idea to find out ahead of time.
What if you are moving to another state? How does the company deal with the transfer of trucks, if need be? Or do they just transfer drivers? If they are going to completely transfer your entire load of belongings onto another truck, how much are they going to charge extra for doing this. This is something that you need to know about before the transfer takes place.
Another really great question to ask your moving company, is how much are they insured for? Will the amount of their insurance cover any loss or possible damage to your goods?
On a final note, as with hiring any company, ask to see if they have any customer complaint s or kudos from pleased customers. You can also call the Better Business Bureau and check what their rating is with them before hiring them.
If you follow these tips, your moving experience with a Moving Service should be as drama, and hassle-free as possible. Happy moving day and enjoy your new apartment!!