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2 Major Steps for Hiring a Great Mover

Nov 25th 2015 at 5:07 AM

1. When an estimator arrives at your home, be sure to show them everything that has to be moved – like, everything.

If, when it comes to the day for moving, the company believe that you have far more belongings than was calculated within the estimate, they can challenge the estimate. And if that happens, and you don’t cough up the amount that they want, they don’t have to move your stuff.

Furthermore, tell the mover company about any potential complications at your new place: stairways, long distance from curb to doorway, elevator, etc.

And do be sure that the company you hire to undertake the move do not contract the job out to someone else.

Once the estimator has been and gone from your home, you should have the following information:

- Full name of the company.

- Full address of the company, together with phone numbers, e-mails, and website address.

- References for the company.

- License numbers for motor carrier (MC) and U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT).

- A transportation booklet which is printed by the U.S. Department of Transportation – “Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move.” This is the official rule book for all of the interstate moving industry to abide by. For an in-state move, companies are regulated by their own state’s department of transportation or commerce commission or public utilities.


2. Review the estimate

When you and the company rep sign the estimate, it will serve as an order for the service in addition to a bill of lading. It’s a basic document that any reputable moving company will provide – that together with the inventory list which is generated while your goods are being loaded.

On this document, the words “written binding estimate” should be listed at the top, and the mover’s signature with the date should be at the bottom.

With respect to an interstate move, this estimate must describe the quantity and type of goods that are to be shipped, in addition to the distance, date of moving, as well as any additional services and supplies that are to be provided by the company.

You may purchase additional insurance from the mover company, which would be in addition to the standard 60 cents per lb. that the company’s insurance provides.

In-state moves do not give a binding estimate but you can still obtain a written estimate which will state hourly rates and additional costs that might occur. If you don’t understand anything, make sure you do before the date of the move.

For a top class mover service in the Pasadena area, look no further than Moving Company Pasadena.

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