5 Provisions a Home Moving Company Contract Should Include

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5 Provisions a Home Moving Company Contract Should Include

Staff Writer · Dec 9, 2009

When it’s time to hire a home moving company, many of those individuals and families who need to relocate need to look carefully at the details of a moving agreement to make sure they have hired the right firm and secured the right kind of relocation services. Here are some of the main things that every house moving company should include in their contracts.

1. Estimates

The American government has established certain types of guidelines for estimates from home movers. Two of the main categories of estimates include binding estimates and non-binding estimates. A binding estimate is a fixed maximum price that the moving company can charge based on a specific set of services. In a non-binding estimate, the company may be able to raise the price by a certain percentage according to weight of goods moved or other factors.

2. Insurance

Most of the reliable home movers who help Americans with their relocation needs will offer some type of moving insurance, just in case some items get damaged in transit. Of course, the best firms will take steps with appropriate moving tools to make sure that doesn’t happen, but moving insurance is always a good idea, so that any unfortunate incident will not be a financial liability to the customer.

3. Policies

A good home moving contract should reflect some of the general policies of the contractor. This can include professional crew behavior, as well as reasonable fees and charges. Looking at the specific policies of a contractor can give the consumer some idea of how they are likely to operate.

4. Schedule

When you’re moving, you need the moving truck to be there when you are. Coordinating a chronological move is a huge part of the relocation process, and can save the customer a lot of time and money. Issues such as access to the destination building can delay a move and ultimately be costly. Being able to see an accurate timeline on how the moving company will assist customers is a huge benefit in any house moving contract.

5. Breakdown of Services

As mentioned above, binding and non-binding moving contracts rely on a specific set of services. Changing services means the final price can change. That’s not the only reason house moving companies need to provide a breakdown of services. It’s important for customers to see exactly what they are paying for in terms of furniture disassembly/reassembly, specialized jobs such as routed furniture moving, or other special services that a company may need to charge for in order to protect their bottom line. Clear breakdown of services language in an agreement benefits both parties, and the lack of it can cause a lot of trouble.

These are just a few of the major things that home moving companies need to provide in a moving agreement. Look for them, and don’t be afraid to ask questions about what will happen on moving day. Talking about the move before signing will help the customer and the company get on the same page and avoid some trouble some misunderstandings.

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