The relocation of your home or business, whether it be within your own state or to an entirely different part of the country can be an extremely stressful time in your life and leave you feeling very disorganized. Depending on how much property you own, moving it by yourself or even with a group of friends and family may end up being simply overwhelming. If this is the case, then hiring a professional moving company is an option you may want to seriously consider.
The first thing you must do before making any sort of decision is simply taking some time to do the research on what company is best for you. Moving company rates will vary depending on different factors such as truck size, the amount of manpower needed and what you own. There are many different movers available and it is suggested that you take the time to get more than one estimate. Many consultants will come to your home or business to see in person what they will be transported. Ask for a written estimate, inquire to as whether it is binding or nonbinding and never accept an estimate over the phone. Look for references if they are offered and call them to find out how pleased or dissatisfied past clients have been with the services of the company.
The company will issue to you what is called a bill of lading which is a form of legal contract between the mover and the client. Read it thoroughly and make sure you understand it clearly before signing it. Make sure the agreed upon payment is what it should be and keep it on hand in case something goes wrong. If you have any questions about packing, transport, moving company rates and the like, feel free to ask any and all questions. A good moving company will freely address your concerns.
However, not all the burden lies on the movers. Make sure you stick to your delivery date and don’t change at the last minute, as the company may start to charge storage fees if your items cannot be delivered. You may also want to consider insurance, as homeowners insurance does not cover items when they are on the road. The company is only liable for a certain amount depending on the weight.