How do I find a reputable mover?
Ask family and friends. The Internet is also a good resource as you can get a lot of information on the company through their website. Be sure to check out their reputation at the Better Business Bureau (BBB). Some questions to ask before you hire:
- Full company name and any DBA names (doing business as)
- How long they have been in the moving business
- DOT and MC license numbers
- Company address
- Phone numbers (local and toll-free)
- Company web site address
- Email addresses
- References (be sure to call them)
If something does not feel right, move on, no pun intended!
How far in advance should I hire movers?
It is best to plan a move 5-6 months ahead of time, especially if it is an international or overseas move. If you have less time, you can still find good movers but will have to move quickly. It is important to note that whether you have 2 or 6 months, be sure to do some research on the movers you hire.
Should I get extra insurance while moving?
One of the most upsetting experiences in moving is having an item get broken or end up lost. Extra insurance may be a good idea especially if you have expensive or irreplaceable items. Regular insurance provided by most moving companies pay pennies per the pound. Unless your contract reads otherwise, this means that any items lost or broken will be paid per the pound and not based on their actual value.
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