When leaving your old home, you may want to consider hiring a moving company to take care of the labour portion of the move. No small number of homeowners have thrown their backs out or destroyed a big screen TV by trying to handle too much with raw and underdeveloped physical strength. There is certainly no shame in hiring professionals, and it’s probably not as expensive as you might have thought. If you do choose to go this route, here are five things you should do before the big day.
Get an estimate, but don’t rely on it
Before you hire a moving company, you should call around and get a few quotes. When ready to hire a moving company, you should request a written estimate. By now, you’ll have a decent idea what people in the area are charging for what you’re asking. Therefore, you should be wary if you get a low estimate. Some movers like to pull this trick on unsuspecting customers. They offer a rock bottom price on the estimate, only to tack on fee after fee by the time everything is said and done. You could wind up paying twice the price, so be on your guard when you get a ridiculously low estimate.
Have them come out to your house
A moving company can give you a much more accurate idea of what the move will cost if they come out to the house and survey what they’re dealing with. Not every mover is going to be willing to take this step, of course. And that’s not necessarily a red flag. But it is another thing to take into consideration while making your decision about who to hire.
Get your rights pamphlet
Under federal law, an interstate moving company has to provide you with a pamphlet entitled, “Your rights and responsibilities when you move.” This helpful literature will let you in on all of the relevant laws and give you some tips you should adhere to. It prevents illegal businesses from taking advantage of unsuspecting customers. The laws in your state may also demand something similar from local movers.
Decide on packing
There are two ways to hire a moving company. You can hire them just to load your boxes and furniture onto a truck and haul it to the destination, or you can pay for them to pack your belongings as well. Many people choose to forgo the full-service deal, but it can be a good idea. They know how to pack things, so they don’t get damaged, after all.
File damage claims early
If your furniture or belongings are damaged in the move, it’s your responsibility to file a damage claim as soon as possible. Confirm with the laws in your state to see the process and how long you have to make a claim.