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8 Things that moving companies won’t Tell you

When you hire movers, you are hiring a team that should be there to make your life easier. Moving is not fun and it is hard work, which is why hiring professionals is the obvious way to go if you can afford it. However, you should be cautious as you go about hiring a moving company, because there are some things they will not tell you – things you need to know to look out for your best interest.

8 Things You Should Know About Hiring A Moving Company

1. They can’t do it without you.

You can’t hire a company and then go about your business, expecting them to take care of everything. They need direction about what goes where, and you need to be watching over them to make sure they are taking care of your things.

2. You will lose control of your belongings for a period of time.

Your movers will pack everything on the truck and drive away. Once they are gone, you lose control of your belongings. If you get in a disagreement with the company, they have the ability to hold your things hostage. As a result, you need to be careful about who you hire, and you need to make sure the contract protects you.

3. Weight is the best estimate.

When you have the option of an hourly estimate, cubic feet estimate or a weight estimate, go with weight. And make sure you are there when they do the weighing to verify accuracy.

4. You have very little insurance.

The insurance typically included in your contract with the movers will often cover very little, maybe $0.60 per pound. Many of your things are worth more than that, so it is worthwhile to purchase additional insurance from your homeowner’s policy. The insurance offered by the movers is usually overpriced.

5. Movers often expect a tip.

It may seem weird that after paying thousands for a move, you are still expected to tip. But you are. It is easiest to check with the company about what is expected and add it into your plans.

6. Pay careful attention to your things going on – and off – the truck.

You should document the state of your belongings as they go on the truck, and definitely when they come off the truck. You should have the driver acknowledge any damage with a signature, and do not hesitate to call the company if the driver will not admit damage.

7. Most people move in the summer.

If you want to get the best rate on your move, aim to move in the off-season. Summertime movers will be busiest, and that means fees will be higher.

8. You should get multiple estimates.

Take the time to get an estimate from at least three different companies before you hire someone. Rates can vary significantly. But keep in mind that the quality of service can vary too. Hire based on reputation, reviews, references, etc. – not just on cost.