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Six tips for choosing a professional mover

Moving or shifting home can be a thankless task unless you decide to hire a professional moving and packing services provider. Even if it means spending money, it is safer and wiser to hire a professional moving company who will undertake the operations and perfectly complete the job.

It is preferable to select a local moving company so that more meaningful and effective interaction is possible. But more than that it is important the company you choose is licensed, bonded, and insured. You should make it a point to personally verify the documents before hiring the company.

Verify with the Better Business Bureau to ascertain the background information and track record of the company and also to see if they are members of any storage association. This membership can be very useful to you should any disputes arise concerning damage to your belongings.

It is very necessary that the mover company should have a registration number with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), called a USDOT number (US Department of Transportation Number).

Whether or not you are mindful of costs, it is advisable to obtain at least three different quotes from three different movers. Insist on getting all the terms and conditions in writing, including the quote and other pertinent information. Do not hesitate to ask questions if there is anything is vague or ambiguous. The estimate must include all charges and both you and the mover must sign it for it to become a legally binding agreement.

It is not necessary that you should straightaway accept the lowest quote. Keep in mind that two similar quotes may not always include the same services and protection. You should therefore pay lot of attention while comparing quotes.

The questions you should probably be asking are - does the packing price is sufficiently comprehensive, is the company covered for replacement value of your belongings if they are lost or damaged, and what are all the items included in the estimate submitted by the mover.

A truly professional moving company> will undertake every thing from packing to moving, loading to unloading, and unpacking to rearranging. For international shifting or relocation many movers also assume responsibility for custom clearance, documentation, air cargo, sea cargo, etc.

It is a general practice that some of the bigger companies subcontract the work to a smaller company. If this is the case with the company you are thinking of using, ask for the full details of the subcontractor. It is wiser to avoid companies that are going to subcontract your work, unless you are fully satisfied with the antecedents of the subcontractor.

For long distance moves some companies may, for administrative convenience, transfer your belongings from one truck to another midway. Please note that these types of midway transfers will increase the possibility of damage and loss. Keep this in mind when negotiating with the mover.

Find out all details about insurance from the mover. The moving company will provide insurance at an additional cost. You will need to assess the value of your goods versus what the insurance policy will provide should your belongings arrive damaged at the end destination. Finally, if you are in need of storage, ask the movers if they provide storage service. Usually, the larger companies do offer storage facility at extra cost.

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