The moving company should have a registration number with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), called a USDOT number (US Department of Transportation Number). If a company only travels within one state, than they may not be registered. You can check online with FMCSA.
Some of the larger movers subcontract to a smaller company. If this is the case with the company you are thinking of using, ask for the subcontractors name and if the company uses several subcontractors, ask for a complete list. If the mover is uncertain, ask them to find out and get back to you. This information should be readily available and should not be withheld. If subcontractors are used, make sure you check out the drivers to ensure you still receive good service. Most subcontractors are local movers who have purchased their own truck for transport. worked with subcontractors before and have had very good service.
Ask the company what there rate is; most companies will provide a rate per pound and a distance rate. If the company offers a quote based on cubic feet, do not hire them. A company estimate must be based on weight if you moving long-distances. For short-distances, some companies will charge a per hour rate. Both the hourly rate and that poundage rate will not change, whereas the estimate can depending on the type the carrier provides. Keep in mind that the moving company must give you an estimate in writing and they must provide you with a copy. The estimate must include all charges and both you and the mover must sign it for it to be an agreement. The estimate must also indicate the method of payment and be dated.
To ensure availability on your preferred day, it is recommended to book approximately 4-6 weeks in advance.
It is up to you. However, a tip is a lovely gesture and gratitude is always appreciated. When tipping in the moving industry, suggested gratuity is 15-20% for the whole crew. It is the foreman’s responsibility to distribute it amongst themselves.
Moving companies are usually busiest on the first few days and the last few days of the month. If you have a choice of moving mid month, take advantage of the price reduction. Also make sure not to book at the very last minute. You will receive affordable rates booking in advance.
This happens quite often when people notice they have more than expected, or less than they want to take with them. If this happens to be the case, moving companies should accommodate you by adjusting the price according to your new inventory list.
Yes they do, however this can cause for your moving time to increase. If you do decide to get help in disassembling and reassembling, please make sure to have any necessary manuals handy.
All licensed moving companies should provide insurance. Please make sure to review this information with the companies you choose to work with. Many of the companies not only offer standard insurance, but they can also connect you with alternative insurance companies if you wish to purchase additional insurance.
Most moving companies have a cancellation policy. You should be able to make an adjustment to your date or even cancel your reservations with them. However, it is always best to check directly with the company you have booked with to receive an accurate answer.