There’s a lot to consider when planning a move and we’ve all heard stories about negative experiences. Don’t wait until the last minute to interview prospective companies and get quotes. Start by scheduling an in-person meeting and walk through of your home to get an accurate quote. Remember to get that quote in writing. And before you sign the moving quote, read the fine print.

Here Are Some Tips For Hiring a Moving Company

Do they have experience with your specific type of move?

Not every home is the same. If the move you’re doing is to a high-rise apartment building or a multi-storey townhome the movers should be prepared to handle things like steep stairs, no elevators and small doorways. Or be prepared for an off-hours move when an elevator may be available.

What kind of liability coverage does the company provide?

Before handing over your things, you’ll want to make sure your belongings are insured in case of a mishap during the move. Some moving companies offer basic coverage based on the weight of your belongings. Insurance coverage is a wide topic with lots of “conversations” in the event of damage. Wether it’s your TV or a rare-wood dining room set that is being moved, three words to remember – Replacement Value Insurance. In addition to liability coverage options, you should ask to see a moving company’s proof of insurance.

Can the mover provide a binding quote or a not-to-exceed estimate?

It is no unusual for moving companies to offer non-binding estimates. This means that the estimated price of your move is subject to change. A big factor for the change in your quote could be the actual amount of time it takes to complete the move in compassion to the quoted time. Prefer to know exactly how much you’re going to owe ahead of time? Hire a company that offers a binding quote.

Additional Questions to Ask:

• Will this moving company be delivering your items or will another company be delivering them?
• Will your items be transferred to another party along the way? Will they subcontract the move?
• How long the move is estimated to take?
• How will you contact them and the driver during the move?
• Are there any potential charges you’re not already aware of? What additional moving supplies will you be paying for?
• Do they have a cancellation policy?
• What forms of payment do they accept?
• Will they pack specialty items, such as TVs and electronics?

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