Moving can be a stressful process, but movers are there to lighten the load and aid you in your transition. However, to truly ease the burden, it’s essential to find a moving company that fully meets your needs. With many companies to choose from, it’s important to ask questions to find the most efficient, qualified, and cost-effective team for the move.
What Are Some Important Questions to Ask Your Movers?
1. Are You Licensed?
Like all other businesses, movers are required to have proper licensing and permits in each state to operate legally. With moving companies, in particular, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) keeps records on the industry as most movers utilize trucks.
On the bottom of your moving company's website, try to locate a US Department of Transportation number. Using this, you can check the FMCSA's database and ensure that your moving company is authorized.
2. Do You Offer All the Services I Need?
Every moving company offers their own unique set of services, and it is important to be certain these match up with your expectations. Some companies only assist with local moves over a limited amount of distance, while others will handle long distances.
If you are moving antique or fine furniture items, you may need to look for a company that offers special care services, like packaging and unloading. By keeping in mind what services are vital for the move, you can better find a company that meets all of your needs.
3. What Are Your Prices?
As you prepare to move, ask the moving company how the price is calculated. Many companies consider shipment weights and distance, hourly labor rates, and seasonality.
Some companies may offer you an estimated cost of moving; however, it is best to see if their estimates are binding so you do not budget improperly or get hit with an increased price on moving day from hidden fees. Keep careful track of all the items you plan to move with and ask the company what they charge for each service to eliminate the risk of unforeseen charges.
Looking for a trusted moving company for your next relocation? Jeffers Moving & Storage Company, LLC provides residential and commercial moving services all across the Cincinnati and Tri-State areas for over 60 years. They specialize in moving antiques and fine furniture, and even pack and set up your items at the new destination. Call (513) 232-9131 to get a free estimate or go online for more information.