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A Check-List of What to Discuss with Your Mover Before Starting Work

What's in this article?
  1. Licensing
  2. Years Of Experience
  3. Subcontracting Of Work
  4. Added Costs
  5. Storage Or Packing Services
  6. Payment Terms
A List Of Questions Should Be Asked To The Movers

Before inviting people from the moving company into your home, there are things you need to straighten out. By now you must have sifted through a series of quotes from different movers and have already settled on the one that satisfied you most. You however, do need to gather all the information you need in order to make a conclusion. First, check that the moving people are trustworthy and reliable. Make sure you are negotiating with the company and not a broker.

Having nailed that, you now move to matters to discuss before the moving people commence work. Some of these topics include:

Licensing

A legit moving company should belong to an association whose membership you can verify. Such associations exist to promote legal compliance and safety in the handling of your property. It is also proof that the provider pursues professionalism in their work.

Years of experience

Being in the business for many years does not automatically translate to high quality in service execution. However, reputable moving companies have a history. You can check and find out what makes the provider remain competitive and have a reputation for efficiency and safety.

Subcontracting of work

Some movers, the larger ones, sublet their jobs to smaller firms. Ask whether this will apply in your situation and if so, obtain the subcontractor’s info. At times, large moving companies do hire local contractors who have their transport trucks. They do this to cash in on the driver’s knowledge of road networks and pricing.

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Discuss Possible Fees Frankly Before Movers Arrives

Added costs

Extra fees may apply where a mover must transfer your belongings to another truck or carry boxes for a distance before getting to where they can park the truck. Carrying items from storied buildings, use of elevators with load restrictions and large or heavy cartons may attract additional fees. Also, moving to remote areas may prompt the provider to surcharge for fuel. Discuss these possibilities before the moving staff arrives.

Storage or packing services

For long-distance relocation, you might need a few days of storage before you can retrieve your possessions. Ask whether the company provides this service. At the same time, find out how they will label your cartons for later identification upon arrival. Insist on being given the list of items packages, box numbers, and the quantity.

Payment terms

Do not consent to make full payment up-front as you are not certain of the service completion. Insist on an initial deposit with the balance upon satisfactory delivery and have accounted for all items.

For a moving process to succeed, you must plan meticulously and hire reputable movers. Even as you do, the company should have unquestionable licensing and an untainted reputation. They must also disclose whether they will involve a subcontractor or not. Inquire about added fees as well as charges for storage and handling. Lastly, discuss with the provider what payment terms they accept but do not pay everything at once or place a large deposit.

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Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing. 

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood. 

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.

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