When you drag and hire a moving company to take you across the country to another state, there are five things you shouldn’t be doing. Some of these may seem obvious, but something as simple as having pen and paper ready to check off items when they are unloaded from the truck will save you a lot of time and aggravation later on.
Don’t hire a business that only takes money.
While it doesn’t seem like too much of a hassle to hand over big bills, companies that only take cash might also take your things and never return them. Traveling long distances means your items will be out of sight for a while, so you need to be sure the business is legitimate.
Don’t pay for the move until all of your belongings have been unloaded
If any boxes or items are missing, do not sign the documents. The move must be completed before signing. Once you sign that you have received everything, it is difficult to come back to the company to say that something is missing. Count the boxes and recount them, making sure to take an inventory of your home. This is your only chance to make sure it all happened. If there is a problem with the paperwork (see next point), at least all of your stuff is in your new space and not on the truck. This gives you some leverage with the movers if needed.
Don’t sign anything you don’t understand
While this is true for all movements, moving long distances is even more difficult. Make sure you read everything carefully and ask questions when you need clarification. If you see a list of additional charges, ask the mover to explain what each means and how they apply to your move.
If in doubt, ask to speak to the manager or supervisor.
Do not pack items that are of great value and leave them with the mover.
Essential items, such as your passport, accounting records, school records, jewelry, or other necessary things, should be carried with you, not with the mover. Take a look at the full list of what not to pack to prevent critical items from getting lost during the move and things that shouldn’t be loaded.
Don’t wait a few days or weeks before making a complaint.
This is where unpacking after a move and doing it quickly is essential. Often, I will open each box first to make sure nothing has been damaged during the move before entirely unpacking. The longer you wait to make a claim, the less likely your request will be accepted. For more tips, check out this article on how to file a moving insurance claim after you move.
Don’t hire movers if you haven’t researched their company.
Ask to see company references and past references.
Don’t assume that movers provide sufficient insurance.
Learn About Insurance On The Move The new federal rules state that a mover must offer you the option of purchasing standard coverage. Most insurance policies are based on weight, not value.
Make sure you are fully protected and also if you need to buy more.
Don’t assume your mover isn’t a broker.
Ask ahead of time if your mover is a broker or a moving company. If your long distance movers is a broker, find out who will be moving your business. Research and investigate both companies. The law states that the company must tell you if they are hiring another company to move.