Dealing With Movers

  • By Jeremy Thompson
  • 15 May, 2014
As a follow-up to our last blog post, Surviving Relocation, we wanted to bring you another blog with some tips on how to deal with movers. Finding a good moving company you can trust with your valued belongings can be a daunting process. Once you find a company you feel is sufficiently qualified, you still […] The post Dealing With Movers appeared first on J. Thompson Builders.

Who to Hire?

  • It should go without saying, but get recommendations. Talk to friends and family.
  • Screen the moving companies. Contact the Better Business Bureau  or read reviews on or . Call the FMCSA’s Safety Violation and Consumer Complaints hotline (888-368-7238) to ask if the company has any complaints filed against it.
  • Contact at least three companies for estimates. Ask for a written binding estimate, or specifically a binding not-to-exceed estimate, so that the estimate has a guaranteed cap.
  • Show the estimator EVERYTHING you want to move. If you leave out anything the mover can argue against the estimate, and may refuse to move your stuff for the original amount. Ask the estimator how long the moving company has been in business, and make sure to gather vital information such as the the company’s name, address, phone number, references, insurance card information and license numbers.
  • Keep all estimates together to compare. After deciding on a mover keep the chosen mover’s estimate handy to refer to when moving.

Moving Tips

  • If you request a packing crew, supervise the crew.
  • Pack any valuables that you would like to move yourself, and make sure they stay separated out from the rest of your belongings.
  • Keep fragile items together and make sure they are labeled as fragile when packed.
  • Keep an inventory. Take photos of your household goods, and note their condition, in case a dispute occurs. If you need help creating an inventory, we offer a simple, affordable solution to inventory the property assets of your home. Find out more about our service .
  • Review the bill of lading or contract carefully before signing it. Keep a copy.
  • Give the van driver clear directions to the new home, and make sure you have the driver’s name and phone number.
  • Sketch a floor plan to direct the movers where to place furniture.
  • Supervise the crew while they are unloading and inspect each item. Keep a list of damaged or missing items. If you sign a contract acknowledging receipt before you unpack (as you’ll most likely do), make sure you specify that it’s subject to inspection first. Then promptly report any missing or damaged items to the moving company.
Next Steps
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