How to Hire a Moving Company

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Hiring A Moving Company

Questions to ask:  Are you certified by the ICC?  Do you charge by the pound or by the hour?  How much insurance do you carry?  Are there any items you charge extra to move, such as china, pianos, pool tables and the like? Are you bonded?  Is the move going to occur in a single day non-stop, or will your moving truck be parked overnight somewhere?  Can I call to find out the location of my things during the move?


- Once you’ve hired a mover, there’s still more work to be done.

- Start a room-by-room checklist of things to do every week for eight weeks prior to the move. Stay as organized as possible.

- Determine which things you will no longer need at your new place, then decide if you want to donate them or sell them. Maybe the new buyer would be interested in items you have. Discuss it with your Realtor on how to go about doing that.

- Ask your moving company to assign three movers to you—two to load and unload and one to guard the truck to prevent theft.

- Talk to your insurance agent about liability. Does your current homeowner’s policy cover your possessions during a move? Moving companies’ basic insurance coverage usually allows a set amount per pound per item, and it’s usually not enough, so find out how much the company carries and then buy extra insurance if necessary. Remember that most companies don’t accept liability for breakage of any items you pack yourself.

- Confirm the arrangements with the moving company a couple of days before your move.

We can provide you with reputable local moving companies and other resources for helping you pack up, store and get ready for your move. Call us or email us.