Moving can be one of the most laborious and tedious jobs of all time. You have to pack everything keeping fragile goods away from the metal goods. Keeping in mind that nothing breaks and you don’t leave out anything behind. But that’s not all. You reach your new home and have to unpack all of the goods you packed with such care.
I hate both packing and unpacking. But I have moved three times in seven years. Since I hate packing, unpacking and moving my household goods from one place to another, all by myself, what do I do? The solution was simple. I hired a moving company.
With my experience, I have prepared a list of things that one should keep in mind while selecting a moving company:
1) Different licenses are needed depending upon the place you’ll be moving to. If a moving company transport cross state borders, say from LA to NYC, the movers should have interstate license. In order to use any means of transportation in order to do any business across state lines, the mover should hold the license issued with the federal government and needs to have a U.S. D.O.T. (Department of Transportation) number. You can also find out if the mover you are about to choose checks all the legal documents and licenses, by talking to the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) or by simply checking the moving company’s website or on ProtectYourMove.gov.
If you are moving locally, i.e. in the same state, AMSA recommends contacting the state moving association to verify the mover’s license and other required documents.
2) The local and the small moving companies often hire temporary labors or day labors who might be untrained and the company might not have any information regarding them. This can lead to problems in cases of damage and loss. These companies might not have their crews insured and might often “borrow” crews from another company, to meet the requirements. This can lead to a lot of confusion at times.
3) Although your mover is liable and may hold responsibility of your goods and belongings, there are different rules and levels of liability. According to the federal law, interstate movers should offer their customers two insurance options: “released value” and “full value” protection.
Under the full value, if you want a wide ranging insurance, it will cost you extra. But in this scenario, the mover is liable for the full replacement value of any item which might go missing or damaged in the process.
In released value, you don’t need to pay anything extra and they offer just a limited amount of liability which will pay you somewhere around 60 cent per pound for the items that go missing or are damaged.
You may also choose to get separate insurance on your own, for the purpose. In-state movers come under the state insurance requirements, hence; when you select a local carrier, ask about the coverage. Read all the documents carefully, before signing them. DO NOT sign any documents which have words like “discharging” or releasing your movers from accountability or liability.