Get the Best Mover

Moving is a big job but you can make it much easier by choosing a reliable mover.

Start early. Ask family and friends for referrals, then compare price and service estimates from several moving companies. Your mover should be licensed by the U.S. Department of Transportation, or by your state.

Licensed interstate movers must offer two types of liability options: Full Value Protection and Released Value. Full value means full replacement cost, while released value is approximately 60 cents per pound per item. You can also purchase third-party insurance for more protection.

Binding estimates are based on the weight of your household items, the distance they will be moved, and the amount of packing and other services you will require, so the mover’s estimator should thoroughly look at what is to be moved. Point out extra-heavy or fragile objects, and share special conditions, such as parking restrictions, number of stories and freight elevator use.

Your moving company should give you a consumer booklet entitled, “Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move” and information regarding the mover’s participation in a Dispute Settlement Program. Movers must offer a means of neutral arbitration to settle disputes that may arise concerning loss or damage on household goods shipments which are requirements of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

Make sure you understand all rates and charges that will apply, pick-up and delivery schedules, liabilities, and claims protection. You can choose the extent of services you require and have them tailored to suit your moving budget.

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