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Things You Should Know Before You Get a Moving Quote

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Getting a moving quote is always a good idea, but there are a few things you should know before you sign a contract with a moving company. A mover can only be trusted if they are reputable and experienced, and this means you should do some research before you sign. Some companies may even submit glowing reviews to third-party rating sites. If you choose a moving company that isn't reliable, it may cost you more in the end.


Before you sign any contract, make sure the company has an actual office. If the moving company uses a generic name or email address, it's likely that it's not a real business. A real business should have a DOT number, which is an important way to verify that the company is licensed. Moving companies that do not have DOT numbers may cost you more in the long run.


Moving companies often change their names as they expand their businesses. They are trying to outrun bad reviews, but this can be a bad idea. The best mover will offer a name that isn't misleading. The name should be registered with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The FMCSA is a government agency that governs moving companies. It also has a National Consumer Complaint Database. You should check this database if you are dissatisfied with the mover.


Beware of moving companies that require large deposits. A big deposit is often a red flag, and it can also prevent a mover from cancelling your job. However, most movers will only require a small deposit.


Another thing to watch out for is moving companies that offer binding estimates. Binding estimates usually mean that the price won't change after you sign a contract, but they are not guaranteed. Be sure to keep a complete inventory of your household goods before you sign a contract. If you don't keep an inventory, it can be difficult to locate your belongings when you get to your new home.


Some moving companies may not have an actual office or even trucks. If you have a mover come to your home to do an inventory, you should note any items that are missing on the bill of lading. You can also file a claim with the mover if you haven't received your belongings by the date on the contract. This can lead to compensation if your items are damaged during the move.


If you do have a claim, it's important to take your time. Moving companies have to settle claims within nine months of your move. This gives you time to pursue your claim, and it may also allow you to find a better mover if you're dissatisfied with your mover's services. The dispute should be settled in writing. It can save you both time and nerves.


It's also important to check the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to see if a moving company is accredited. If a mover is not accredited, you can expect poor customer service and a poor track record.



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