Moving houses involves numerous considerations, as what might seem like a cost-effective or cheaper choice can bring about unexpected expenses in the end. Further, the bargaining power may be compromised once the possessions have been handed over to the movers. To ensure a hassle-free experience, one should consider various factors, from organizing things to be moved to choosing reliable movers. So, here are some tips to consider for a smooth moving experience:
1. Research before hiring movers
Moving companies may initially quote low estimates to attract customers and later inflate prices or hold belongings hostage for additional payments. To avoid such issues, one must conduct thorough research to verify the legitimacy of the chosen company. For example, one can check the “state moving resources” or look for companies that have a ProMover seal from the American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA). When moving to a different state, one can check whether the company is registered under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
2. Opt for in-person estimates
Getting quotes on the phone or online may be convenient, but opting for an in-person assessment allows the moving company to understand the specific requirements of the move accurately. This results in a more precise cost projection, reducing the chances of incurring hidden fees or unexpected charges later.
3. Explore insurance options
While moving professionals take utmost care of possessions, accidents can still happen. So, one should explore insurance options that ensure that all the belongings are adequately covered against any damage or loss during the move.
4. Opt for binding agreements
Under a binding agreement, one will pay the movers the quoted price, irrespective of the weight of their shipment being more or less than anticipated. Whereas under non-binding agreements, the price is set after loading and weighing the shipment. So, one can insist on a binding agreement to avoid unexpected expenses; however, even under this contract, movers may charge extra fees in response to difficult delivery conditions, like steep terrain, crowded areas, or too many flights of stairs.
5. Understand consumer rights
One should be aware of federal laws that can protect them in the moving process. For example, even if one signs a non-binding agreement, movers are legally prohibited from charging more than 110% of their original estimate. Similarly, the FMCSA prohibits moving companies from demanding full payment before delivering the final batch of belongings. Regardless, one may have to make a small down payment to facilitate the move.