What to Expect from Home Moving Companies: A Checklist

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What to Expect from Home Moving Companies: A Checklist

Staff Writer · Jan 13, 2010

Home moving companies can make life easier for individuals or families who have to relocate. They can save you time, energy and sometimes money because of their expertise and know-how. The first step to hiring one is to check their references and get recommendations from people you know and trust. Once you’ve done that, and have selected the best company for your move, here’s what you can expect:

No Set Arrival Date

Moving companies can rarely give you a set date of arrival if you’re moving long distance. You’ll be sharing a truck with others along the route, and for liability reasons, these companies won’t want to pin themselves down to any particular date. They also have to account for unforeseeable delays during travel, due to mechanical and other reasons. What can you expect then if they won’t give you precise arrival date? A one week window. Make sure your contract spells out reimbursements or reductions in your bill if they arrive outside a given time frame.

Movers in Your Home

If you purchased the company’s packing services, then you can expect at least two movers in your home handling and packing your things. Some people are not comfortable with this and choose to pack their own belongings. Either way, movers will be going throughout your house to either load what you’ve packed, or to pack and load for you. If you’re not comfortable with this, rent a truck instead and ask family and friends to help you load your items.

Some moving services may also send someone to your home to survey the items you want to move. This will form the basis of your written estimate.

Written Contract

Don’t let the prospects of obtaining and signing a contract overwhelm you. Most reputable home moving companies will have one prepared for you to sign, so expect it. If you’re having trouble understanding the legalese, start by doing a search on legal websites like www.findlaw.com and www.nolo.com to see if the terms and provisions are defined and discussed. If you’re really concerned about it, hire an attorney for help.

Inventory

One way that house moving companies protect themselves against lawsuits is to take an inventory of everything before it’s loaded on the truck. You can expect someone to go through everything on the day of the move and check it against the estimate given earlier. They’ll add any last minute items, state the condition of everything and get your signature.

Fast Paced Moving

Professional home moving companies know what they’re doing. Moving furniture, appliances and heavy items is what home movers do most days of the week. The pace at which they can move your things may be startling if you’re not expecting it. You may worry that they’ll break something (and in a few cases they do). However, for the most part, these are experts who want to move your things as quickly and safely as possible.

If you’ve hired a reputable and reliable company, you can expect your things to arrive in one piece and in a timely manner. If you’re not sure which company to go with, do some research on www.bbb.org to learn more about home moving companies.

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