Six Smart Moves When Hiring Movers
North American Precis Syndicate
Knowing what to ask and expect of your moving company can help make moving a lot easier. (NAPS)
(NAPSI)—The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that over 17 million
Americans move to a new home every year.
If you’re ever among them, knowing a few facts and figures can help
you have a smoother move.
To help, the experts at the American Moving and Storage Association, the
national trade association for professional movers, created a checklist.
1. Do comparison shopping. Even if you’re considering doing the move
yourself, you should get at least three written, in-home estimates so you can
make an informed choice. The estimates should be free, so you have nothing to
lose by trying to find out whether a professional move is best for you.
Some movers even offer estimates based on videos and photos you submit
online. Make sure you show the mover everything that needs to be moved, from
the attic to the basement, and any sheds, garages or storage areas. The mover
needs a complete picture of everything to be moved to give you the most
Reputable interstate movers will always give you estimates in writing and
they must—by law—provide you with federal publications that
explain the moving process and your rights and responsibilities. Be careful
of any estimates offered over the phone or online, and if the mover asks for
a large down payment or full payment in advance.
2. Read your paperwork carefully. Remember, once you’ve signed a
contract, you’ve agreed to what it says about your move.
3. Understand what the mover’s level of liability is, in case of
loss or damage.
4. Bear in mind that communication is key. Make sure the mover has your
cell phone number or other way to reach you during the move and that you have
the driver’s full name and the truck number.
5. If you don’t understand something, ask questions. Reputable
movers will be happy to answer them. If the moving company can’t or won’t
answer your questions, you might want to look for another mover.
6. You can find nearly 2,800 certified ProMovers,
who meet high standards of safety and professionalism, at www.Moving.org. A ProMover
certification takes the worry and hassle out of your move and helps you
locate reputable, qualified movers—from small, family-run businesses to
national van lines—who have been trained and tested.
For further facts and tips and to find nearby certified movers, go to www.Moving.org.
among the millions of Americans moving to a new home this year, you can find
helpful facts and tips about moving, and nearly 2,800 certified ProMovers, at the American Moving and Storage
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