December 9th, 2013
Moving can be an exciting time in a person's life, but it can also come with its own set of problems. Whether you're a renter or a homeowner, knowing some of the risks of hiring movers to bring your belongings to your new home can help protect you from financial loss.
Estimates over the phone
When you're trying to figure out how much it will cost to move your belongings with a moving company, getting an estimate over the phone may not be the most accurate method. It is not always guaranteed that the quote you receive over the phone is what you will be billed, and companies are usually not required to keep the estimate they give you. Instead of asking for a price verbally, it is important to get a quote in writing and examine the terms of the agreement. Can the moving company raise the price upon delivery? Are there extra costs after delivery? You will want to know the answer to these questions and what is included in an estimate.
If you're moving, you need to know that movers might raise prices once they are on-site. This could mean that you will end up spending way more than you had originally planned. For instance, a moving company may decide that your items require more space or more hours than your original estimate accounted for. They might also charge you for packing and shipping materials. To avoid this, get a written confirmation of how much they are planning to charge before they arrive. Make sure there aren't extra costs or claims movers could make that would change the price. It is also crucial to give an honest estimate of how much furniture you have or how many boxes you need to move. If movers show up and there is more than what you had told them, they are liable to charge you extra.
Damage and delay
When you hire someone else to move your items, you risk damage or loss when they are out of your sight and control. Homeowners insurance will cover your possessions and your property at home, but your policy might not extend to outside your house while moving. To get coverage in case items become lost or broken, check with your insurance provider to transfer your policy to your new home or invest in extra coverage while moving. Additionally, movers might not always be on time, particularly if they are making other stops along the way. It is possible that movers will be delayed delivering your belongings. To guarantee when your stuff will be delivered, get in writing a slot of a few days when movers will arrive.