Top 5 Questions to Ask When Researching Movers
When it comes time to move, you should never wait until the last minute to find a moving company. Why? Because this is the exact reason why many homeowners fall victim to moving fraud, hostage loads, and movers who damage or lose their belongings. If you do not do the proper research when it comes to hiring a moving company, you could end up with a rogue mover. Even though the U.S. Department of Justice is cracking down on rogue movers, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) have been campaigning to educate homeowners or anyone moving, on the moving process and how to hire the right moving company.
If you are looking to move to Corpus Christi, the BBB, the FMCSA, and Corpus Christi movers want to make sure that you ask the following questions to each moving company that you are researching:
- Registration number and Licenses – Depending on whether the moving company is strictly local or moves across state lines is what will determine whether or not they are registered with the FMCSA. If you are moving from one state to another, the moving company should be registered and have a USDOT number (US Department of Transportation Number). Check online with the FMCSA to make sure the mover is registered.
- Subcontractors – Some Corpus Christi moving companies will subcontract your move to a specialty mover or smaller company if needed. Ask the moving company if this is what they do and then get the information for that mover, so that you can research them and check their reviews and licensing.
- Rates and Estimates – When calling each moving company in Corpus Christi that you have researched, most can give you a rate per pound that they go by. However, never use a rate over the phone as your indicator to hire that company. Make sure that the mover gives you an in-home estimate so that it can be as accurate as possible. If moving long distance, Corpus Christi movers will charge per pound; if moving a short distance, they may only charge per hour. Once the rate has been determined, the mover should give you the estimate in writing and it must include all charges. Then, you and the mover have to sign the detailed estimate to be in agreement.
- Additional Fees and Transfers– Much like that of rates, check with your Corpus Christi movers to see if they charge for other things, such as limited moving space at your new residence, awkward items, pianos, stairs, service elevators, etc. If you are moving long distance, you will also need to ask whether or not the movers will have to transfer your belongings from one truck to another, increasing the chance of damage or loss.
- Insurance - Ask your moving company if they provide insurance at an additional cost. You may also want to go outside of them and get third-party moving insurance, so that you can make sure the insurance company backs you and not the mover.