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10 Questions For Selecting A Mover


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CHOOSING THE RIGHT MOVER

  • will be licensed and insured
  • will have an established place of business for at least three years
  • visit a prospective mover's facility to see if he can serve you properly

GETTING AN ACCURATE ESTIMATE

  • final prices paid may vary from the cost quoted on non-binding estimates
  • get a binding estimate to guarantee your price won't change
  • an accurate survey is the first step in receiving a realistic price quote
  • don't forget an accurate box count

HOW YOU ARE CHARGED FOR PACKING

  • based on the number of boxes packed by the mover
  • this is the most variable portion of your cost of moving
  • have a concise list of what you want packed
  • gets you closer to an accurate packing estimate

ISSUES THAT CHANGE THE PRICE OF YOUR MOVE

  • may have additional charges if unconventional delivery required
  • costs more if movers have to use an elevator
  • costs more if access to your residence is more that 75 feet from the truck
  • costs more if your shipment must be carried up one or more flights of stairs

ITEMS YOU SHOULD NOT SHIP

  • do not pack or ship certain items...
  • FLAMMABLE items, propane tanks, liquid detergents, aerosol cans, etc.
  • any items that may cause damage to your shipment
  • could void insurance coverage if there is an unforeseen accident

NOTICE TO BOOK A MOVER

  • a mover can accommodate most moves if he has at least two weeks notice
  • best if you have a firm date
  • more time is preferable, particularly in the busy season (May to September)
  • with less notice, call before agreeing to a firm date

PAYING FOR YOUR MOVE

  • have cash, a credit card, or a certified check to pay the driver
  • personal checks are not an acceptable form of payment

PROTECTING AGAINST DAMAGE

  • movers generally do not assume responsibility in several situations...
  • articles of extraordinary value not listed on the bill of lading prior to moving
  • loss of documents not listed on the bill of lading prior to moving
  • breakage of fragile items unless packed and unpacked by the mover
  • breakage unless visible exterior damage documented on delivery
  • items previously broken, repaired, or glued
  • mechanical operating condition of appliances and electronics
  • missing items not specifically inventoried and documented on delivery
  • damage to items not documented on delivery

SUBMITTING A DAMAGE CLAIM

  • you have nine months to file a claim
  • should document damage on delivery and file immediately
  • most likely to receive an equitable settlement

 


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