Moving can be stressful with the packing, relocating, and adjusting to new surroundings. One thing that can make it easier is to find a good mover.Moving companies provide their services on a range of fees and it’s always a good idea to compare several movers before settling on one. Talk to friends to find out which ones they have used. Check with the Better Business Bureau on the company’s record. Another great idea is to find out if the company is a member of the AMSA Certified Mover Program. The members agree to abide by the terms of their agreements and participate in the program. They also have a code of conduct that requires compete disclosure of information to the customer that includes estimates of charges, timely service and responses to claims and complaints. In addition, they will arbitrate disputes up to $5,000 that come from loss or damage to one’s belongings in the move.

Once the list has been completed, the potential movers must be given their destinations and the time of the move. Inquire what they offer and ask for the to go into detail about their estimates and make sure to get a copy to compare it with others to see which one goes best with the budget.

If moving a long distance, be sure to understand all information received and the companies should also provide a consumer booklet called Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move.

Be sure when in the market for a mover to find a mover that is in good standing with the Better Business Bureau, that they are insured, licensed and regulated. This can be done by checking state transportation services or by looking in the phoione book under the Public Utility Common or PUC or Department of Transportation or DOT.

Never use a broker. This is because consumer protection laws that protect household good during the move do not apply to Household Goods Brokers. When a broker gets the deal, he or she will sell the job to the highest bidder and is no longer responsible. Always inquire on whether or not if the person is a broker.

Also, do not use a mover simply be he or she has a low hourly rate. It looks great on paper, but often, many moving companies can add costs to the bill. Sometimes they even take longer to finish to move. The best idea is to choose a moving company that is best suited to your situation, not by the price.

If choosing a National Van Line, be aware that they do not have the authority to do local moves.

Be aware that legitimate movers do not require a deposit for the move. So if one does, it could be a scam.

Moving companies hold licenses that are subject to public record. Contact the moving company’s office and ask for the DOT number and then visit and put the number in and click search.

If this message, “No record found, please try different search parameters,” this moving company is not licensed and it is recommended not to use them.

Check the company by calling the FMCSA’s Safety Violation and Consumer Complaints hotline at 1-888-368-7238 and ask for the complaint history of the moving company in question.

John Harris is an expert researcher and writer on real estate topics such as economics, credit improvement tips, home selling advice and home buying preparations. For more information please visit Oceanside Homes for Sale

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