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Getting Into A Contract With Your Moving Company

What's in this article?
  1. How To Get Into A Contract With Your Moving Company?
  2. Names And Addresses
  3. Time Frame
  4. Services
  5. Rates And Prices
  6. Liability
  7. Contract Lingo
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How to Get Into A Contract With Your Moving Company?

If you are planning to use professional movers for your move, it’s critical that you check the moving contract. The advantage of using a professional mover over a friend with a truck is that you can sign a contract to protect yourself against any dispute with the movers later on. It is also in the contract where you see all the services the company is providing and your role as well.

If it is your first time to use a professional mover, here is what you should expect to see in the contract:

Names and addresses

At the top of the contract, you should be able to see the company’s name and physical address as well as yours.

It should also have the address you are moving to so the mover won’t keep calling you on D-day.

Time frame

The contract should include the exact time when the movers will arrive, when they will leave and the correct moving date.

Services Of Moving Company


This is a point of contention for many movers and clients disputes. You must be on the same page with the moving company as far as the services on offer are concerned. Ideally, they should load the truck, transport, unload and help you settle-in. If there are other services you will require such as storage, get them in writing so you can discuss the charges beforehand.

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Rates and prices

Most movers will give you a quote which is an estimate of what you will pay. However, the contract should have the exact figures. Be sure to confirm the terms of the rates so that you don’t get a different bill from what your contract says. The prices shown on the contract should also not be subject to change.


If anything happens to your stuff, who is liable? You want to ensure that the moving company is insured to cover your stuff and its workers in case an accident occurs. It is the responsibility of the company to move your stuff safely and if anything happens, they should compensate you.

A Moving Contract Contains Phrases

Contract lingo

While most people would love to go through the moving contract, some find themselves more confused after reading it. A moving contract contains phrases and word that are used in the moving world and regular people may not understand the lingo. Some of the phrases include 110% rule, assessing costs, inventory sheet, full-time replacement and released-value replacement. It is important to take your time and understand those words because they can end up costing you thousands of dollars. If you don’t understand, see an attorney or a real estate agent to explain the words to you before signing the contract.

A contract should contain the hourly rate the moving company charges, people required for the job, size of the truck, terms of payment, costs of additional labor and total cost calculation. It’s important to go through every detail of the contract so you can ensure the information matches what is in your head especially time, addresses and cost.

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