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Movers in Texas

 

Hiring local or long-distance movers can be a hassle, especially when you hear about other people’s horror stories. You may be apprehensive about hiring Texas movers for your upcoming move to the state.

 

Luckily, iMoving can help! We provide a moving referral service that offers an easy and secure way for you to connect with the best local or long-distance Texas moving companies that offer the moving services you need.

 

The iMoving service is simple. You enter your zip code, destination zip, size of your current home or apartment, and any specific services you require. Then we match you up with five or six of the best Texas movers who offer those services.

 

By using our service, you can forego spending hours researching movers to try and figure out who offers the most affordable and valuable service. We do that leg work for you. Our team personally vets every mover that is a part of our network.

 

We research the movers’ certificate of insurance, local or state authentication, years in business, reviews, and conduct a personal interview to ensure they are the real deal. And if any mover gives our clients trouble, they are swiftly removed from the service, as we maintain the highest standards.

 

Moving Services in Texas

 

Local Moving

 

  • Defined as a move that is within the same state. Exceptions may be moves from one end of Texas to another.
  • Most local movers charge per hour, with a minimum number of hours that must be booked.
  • Cost may also be dependent on the distance involved in the move.
  • Long Distance Moving -
  • Moves that have you crossing state lines are classified as long-distance, even if the distance between the cities is minimal.
  • Long-distance moves can vary greatly in cost, depending on the distances involved. For instance, a move from New Mexico to Texas will cost less than a move from California to Texas.

 

Boxes and Supplies

 

  • Moving companies within the iMoving network can provide boxes and related moving supplies to people who are packing up their homes or businesses.
  • If you are planning to pack up and unpack items on your own, requesting boxes and supplies is easier than trying to find these items through various retailers in your city.

 

Packing Services

 

  • A “full service” moving service from a local or long-distance mover in Texas includes packing, loading, unloading, and unpacking.
  • It is the most expensive moving service, but it is also the one that will involve the least amount of work for you. The movers will take care of almost everything. The most you will have to do is supervise workers.

 

Storage

 

  • Local and long-distance movers in our network offer short-term storage services in connection with your move.
  • If you have not secured long-term living arrangements in the Texas city where you are relocating, you can keep your items in storage until that date.

 

Business Services

 

  • When relocating a small or mid-sized business, it is important to specify that you are requesting business services.
  • iMoving.com will connect you with movers that specialize in moving services. These movers can connect you with an employee who will oversee the move.
  • That employee can help arrange the various services you need, which may include packing, loading, workstation assembly/disassembly, and more.

 

Factors to Keep In Mind When Moving to Texas

 

Nicknamed the Lone Star State, Texas is one of the largest states in America. While there are many stereotypes about Texas, it is one of the most diverse and interesting places to live in the United States. Major financial, oil and gas, and tech companies are also based in the state, making it perfect for young professionals looking to establish themselves.

 

One factor to keep in mind about moving to Texas is the heat. If you are moving from the Northeast or the Northwest, you will be used to much colder climates, especially in the spring, fall and winter months.

 

Texas winters are mild, while the summers are hot and humid. If you are not moving into a home or apartment with built-in cooling, you would do well to invest in air conditioning for your residence shortly after moving in.

 

Here are some other tips to keep in mind when your moving date is getting close.

 

Finalize Travel Arrangements

 

With six weeks to a month left before your move to Texas, it is time to iron out your travel arrangements. Book flights, trains and/or hotel rooms as necessary. It can be helpful to stay in a hotel for one or two nights, as you are moving into a new house, instead of heading straight for the home the same day your flight arrives.

 

If you have any friends or family in the part of Texas where you are moving, you may want to ask if they are free in the days after you move. It is always nice to catch up with familiar faces as soon as you move to a new place, as they can show you around and help you with initial unpacking or shopping.

 

Cancel or Move Utilities

 

Do not forget to close out your utility accounts at the place where you are living. Many people assume it happens automatically, but you will continue getting billed for the days after you move unless you inform the utility company.

 

You may be able to transfer some of your accounts if the same company provides electricity, gas, water, phone, or internet service in the city where you are planning to live. But all other accounts must be closed - and then you will have to create new accounts after you move.

 

Pack Essentials for a Couple Weeks

 

Depending on how you time your interaction with a moving company and your moving date, you may have to go a couple of weeks to your new home without all your possessions.

 

It is a good idea to pack the essentials that your family will need for the first two or three weeks. That includes clothes, toiletries, household items, and electronics that you use daily.

 

And anything that you do not have space to pack should go in a list of items that you will need to buy as soon as you arrive in Texas. Now you will be sorted for the first few weeks, before your big furniture and other possessions arrive on the moving truck!

 

Question to Ask Before Hiring Movers in Texas

 

Here is a list of frequently asked questions that can help you as you are planning your local or long-distance move to Texas.

 

1. Will I receive a quote from moving companies ahead of my move to Texas?

 

Yes. Any moving company that is a part of the iMoving network will provide you with a quote. You receive quotes in two stages. The first quote is a rougher estimate, which you get when you input some details about your move on our site. The second quote is more detailed, which is delivered after someone from the moving company inspects your home or apartment.

 

2. What is the difference between a binding and non-binding quote?

 

A binding quote is a final price that you will pay for your move, provided you do not request any additional services. With iMoving, any final quote that is delivered by the moving company is 100 percent binding. You will not be seeing any hidden or added fees on your final bill.

 

A non-binding quote is just that. It is not binding and your final bill may be drastically different. It is never a good idea to hire a mover based on a non-binding quote.

 

3. How do I know if a mover has the appropriate certifications and insurance?

 

You can have peace of mind knowing that every mover suggested by iMoving has a certificate of insurance, proper local or state authentication, and the relevant insurance to operate.

 

But you are always able to ask the movers to prove these facts to you. Movers who are unwilling or hesitant to provide you with the information you request should not be hired.

 

4. Do movers offer special services for handling heavy or valuable items?

 

Yes, most moving companies in Texas that are a part of the iMoving network will provide special services if you need to move heavy, delicate, large, or valuable items. Simply request these services when you ask for a moving quote, so you are matched up with the relevant companies.

 

5. How long does it take to transport items during a local or long-distance move?

 

The time it takes to move your possessions is dependent on the distance involved with your move. A local move should be done the same day. Long-distance moves can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.

 

The moving company should provide you with detailed information about when your items are packed up, loaded, and moved on the truck. They should also indicate the date when your items will be delivered before you go ahead with the move.

 

6. How is payment to a moving company handled?

 

You can deal with a moving company directly, making a down payment and then paying the final bill when services are rendered.

 

It is also possible to pay movers through our secure platform. iMoving offers protection on your transaction, while we strictly enforce binding final quotes to protect you from hidden fees.

 

7. What happens if an item is damaged during the moving process?

 

When you request a moving service from a company within our network, they will provide you with basic insurance on your possessions.

 

Enquire about the insurance on offer, as some companies offer more comprehensive insurance than others.

 

If an item is damaged, you can file a claim and receive compensation that is either a set dollar amount or equal to the value of the item.

 

It is also possible to purchase additional insurance, either through the movers or independently, for valuable items that are being transported. Such insurance is a good idea if your move involves antiques or expensive items.

 

Easy Ways to Lower the Cost of a Texas Move

 

The first step to saving money on your Texas move is to take advantage of the iMoving referral service.

 

By visiting iMoving.com, you can get a list of the five or six moving companies that can handle your local or long-distance move. These companies will offer all the moving services that you need. You can compare their initial quotes, contact two or three companies, and conduct inspections of your home or apartment.

 

Then you can assess their final quotes, before deciding to hire the moving company that offers the best services for the lowest rates. If you are interested in saving even more money, here are a few tips that should help.

 

Organize a Week Before Your Inspection

 

A week before you are planning to have specialists from moving companies arrive at your home or apartment, it is time to start organizing. Go through every single room and split up your items into two piles. One pile is for items you will take, while the other pile is for items you will sell, donate or throw away.

 

Do not take everything with you, as moving is the ideal moment to downsize your possessions. Those clothes, electronics, or accessories that you have not touched in the past year should be sold, donated, or thrown away.

 

The fewer possessions involved in your move, the lower your binding quote will be.

 

Pack Yourself

 

A sure-fire way to lower the total cost of your move is to take over the job of packing and unpacking. Inform the movers that you will only require a quote for loading, unloading, and transporting your goods.

 

While packing is time-consuming, exhausting, and frustrating, you can save a lot of money by doing this job yourself. And if you are moving as a family, everyone can chip in to bring down the workload for each person.

 

Find Free Boxes

 

Movers do provide boxes and moving supplies, as mentioned above. But you can always look for free boxes through Craigslist or other sources. And you may already have some supplies, such as scissors, cutters and tape, on hand.

 

Take Care of Everything But Moving

 

If you are hoping to pay the least amount possible for a local or long-distance move, you can attempt to take care of every task besides driving the moving truck to your destination.

 

It will involve a lot of work, as you will be responsible for packing, loading, unloading, and unpacking. But families can get everyone to chip in, while individuals and couples can always enlist help from their friends.

 

Contact local movers who provide the sole service of moving your items from your current residence to the place where you are moving. You will get far lower quotes, as compared to services that include loading and/or packing.

 

Final Thoughts

 

iMoving.com offers residential and commercial customers who are moving to Texas an easy platform to handle their upcoming local or long-distance move. It takes less than a minute to enter information onto our site and get a list of five or six reputable movers who can handle your move.

 

With a proper understanding of the differences between various moving services, you are better prepared to deal with local or long-distance movers. You are aware of any issues involved with moving to Texas, while you can be sure to take steps to save money on your upcoming move.

 

A Complete Guide To Interstate Movers | iMoving

The most important thing to know about interstate movers is that they are not all the same. Some cross-country movers are better than others when it comes to reputation, reliability, and services offered.

 

Interstate moving companies help people relocate across state lines. They are also referred to as cross-country, long haul, and long-distance movers. Typically, the services of an interstate moving company are hired when people are relocating to a new home that is located in a different state or more than 100 miles away from the starting point.

 

This guide will help anyone relocating across state lines understand everything there is to know about interstate movers that will help select the best company for cross-country moving needs.

 

What Do Interstate Movers Do?

 

Interstate moving companies provide people with the assistance, labor, and transportation to get belongings across state lines. Interstate moving companies can move just about anything from a single unit to an entire multi-room home. The most common items that interstate movers transport are:

  • Furniture- including couches, chairs, tables, beds, dressers, etc.
  • Appliances- refrigerators, ovens, washers, dryers, etc.
  • Electronics- TVs, computers, gaming systems, etc.
  • Clothing, toys and other personal belongings

 

Regular interstate moving services will offer loading and unloading services along with transportation services for any of these items. In addition to the actual transportation of belongings, interstate movers can also provide packing and unpacking services, as well as storage for belongings that will not fit into the new home right away.

 

All of these services will be included in the price quote given by the interstate moving company, so it is important to get a quote in order to have an idea of what the average cost to move interstate will be.

 

How Much Do Interstate Movers Cost?

 

Interstate moving costs vary depending on numerous factors such as the overall weight of items, the distance traveled, and specialized services such as furniture dismantling, additional stops, and storage. Generally, the cost of interstate moving will range from $2,000 to $10,000.

 

It is important to get a quote from at least three different interstate moving companies in order to compare prices and services. An excellent way to get free quotes quickly is to use a website that provides comparison quotes for moving companies.

 

What to Look for in an Interstate Moving Company

 

To ensure that everything on your interstate moving checklist is completed before and after the move, it is essential to look for interstate moving companies that meet the high-quality standards needed to handle the often complicated logistics of an interstate move.

 

First, it is important to make sure that the interstate moving company is licensed and insured. Interstate movers must be registered with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Choosing to use an unlicensed and uninsured moving company is a massive risk to your belongings and your wallet should something go wrong.

 

In addition, it is a good idea to search third-party websites for customer reviews and ratings detailing the moving company's professionalism, services, and rates. Getting stuck with an unscrupulous interstate moving company can be a nightmare, so it is important to do one's due diligence in order to ensure a stress-free move.

 

It is also essential to make sure that the interstate moving company offers all of the services needed to complete the move quickly and efficiently. For instance, if alternative storage is necessary before moving in, find an interstate mover that offers this service. The same goes for furniture disassembly and reassembly or packing and unpacking services.

 

The more services provided by the interstate mover, the less that will need to be done by the customer, which can save time and hassle. Those unsure about which services they should budget for in their move should use an online moving cost calculator to better understand what to expect.

 

When is the Best Time To Hire Interstate Movers?

 

The best time to hire long-distance moving companies will be at least 8-12 weeks before the move. This will provide enough time to get quotes, organize schedules, and plan for any complications.

 

It is also important to consider the time of year when planning an interstate move. The summer months are generally the busiest times for moving companies, so rates will be higher, and availability will be lower. Therefore, try to schedule an interstate move during the fall or winter months to get the best rates and services.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Do I need local movers if I hire interstate movers?

 

Sometimes it may be helpful to hire local movers at the destination should the interstate movers only offer partial services, such as loading and unloading and you want unpacking help. However, in most cases, the interstate moving company will be able to handle the entire move without the need for additional help.

 

Do I tip interstate movers?

 

Yes. Interstate movers should be tipped based on the level of service provided. A good rule of thumb is to tip 15-20% of the total cost of the move.

 

What should I do if something is damaged during my move?

 

If any belongings are damaged during an interstate move, it is important to file a claim with the moving company as soon as possible. Do not sign any paperwork until the claim has been filed and you have been given a copy. The moving company should provide reimbursement for any damaged belongings according to their insurance policy.

 

How do I know if an interstate moving company is reputable?

 

A few things can be done to verify the reputation of an interstate moving company. Firstly, check if the company is licensed and insured with the FMCSA. Also, search for customer reviews online. Finally, contact the Better Business Bureau to see if any complaints have been filed against the company.

 

Where is the best place to hire interstate movers?

 

Online services that vet and compare interstate moving companies are a great place to start when searching for the best company to hire. These websites provide customers with quotes from multiple companies so that they can easily compare rates and services.

 

Make Interstate Moves Easy With Professional Movers

 

Interstate moves can be easy and stress-free by using a professional moving company. By doing one's due diligence in researching the best company to hire and considering the time of year and services needed, an interstate move can be executed with little hassle.

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    It’s finally moving day and you’re getting ready to get into your home. The first thing that you need to do is a complete walkthrough. But what should you do after that? How do you start making your house into a home?

     

    There are a lot of different steps you need to consider when it comes to making your new house into your family’s residence. Here are just some of the things that you need to do when moving into a new house.

     

    Moving Checklist to follow before moving into new location.

     

    Check the Entire House Out

     

    Obviously, you checked out the home before you bought it because you decided to rent or buy based on your visit. But, you also need to be sure that you go ahead and check out your new home before you move anything in there.

     

    You want to be sure that there are no repairs that need to be done or things that may be of concern before you move into your new place. See if there’s anything you or the home inspector didn’t notice. You also want to be sure that they didn’t leave anything behind and that no one and nothing is in there that shouldn’t be.

     

    Do a Deep Clean

     

    While the previous tenants or owners of the new home should have put some time and effort into cleaning the house, they may not have done so. So, it’s worth your time to get in there and make sure that everything is clean and looks as good as possible.

     

    You can deep clean in one of two ways – first, you can do it yourself, which will take the time that you may not have for the process. Or, you can work with a local moving company that specializes in move-in/move-out cleaning and have them take care of everything.

     

    Either way, this allows you to move into your new place with a clean slate. It’ll make it easier for you to clean up after everything is moved in, as well.

     

    Determine What Rooms or Spaces Will Be Used for What

     

    Do you want to make the moving-in and unpacking process as simple as possible? If so, then it’s in your best interest to put together a “map” of sorts. Whose bedroom is whose? Which room is going to be the office? Will you be using the basement for anything?

     

    Then, you want to use this “map” as a guide for when you’re organizing boxes during the packing process. Instead of labeling boxes for the rooms that they were in at your old home, you can label them with the rooms that they are going into.

     

    If you have this level of organization, then your movers are going to be able to unload your boxes into the appropriate rooms. Then, you aren’t stuck moving boxes around to where “they’re supposed to be,” which can save you a lot of time and effort on moving day and the days after.

     

    Find the Circuit Breaker Box and Water Control

     

    Accidents happen everywhere, and they could happen in your home. Because of this, it’s important to know where the circuit breaker box (or fuse box, depending on your home) and the water valves are. You want to be able to safely turn on and off your electricity and your water if something were to happen.

     

    Get the HVAC System Serviced

     

    Your heat and air conditioning are essential for keeping your family comfortable all year long, and you want to know that they’re working correctly before moving into a new house. So, unless the previous owners/tenants tell you that they just got everything serviced (and can show you proof), you may want to call in an HVAC pro to check things out.

     

    Your HVAC pro should check out everything about your system, including cleaning and replacing filters and ensuring that things work as they should. If you’re on the cusp of a new season (spring to summer or fall to winter, in particular), then you want to go ahead and get it weatherized, as well.

     

    Now maybe the time to talk to your HVAC specialist to see what they recommend about your system and if you want to consider any upgrades. On top of that, you can talk to them about making your home into a smart home, if that’s what you’d like to do.

     

    Consider Landscaping

     

    Your outdoor spaces are another important part of making sure that you’re happy with your home. If it’s been a while since the lawn last got mowed, you may want to call someone in to take care of landscaping before moving day.

     

    It could be something as simple as calling them in to take care of your mowing, or you can start looking at potential upgrades to those outdoor spaces. You at least want to get things trimmed and taken care of properly so that your movers don’t have to walk through the jungle when they’re trying to unload your items.

     

    Always wait to make big landscaping changes until you’ve been in your home for a week or two. You may even want to wait until the following spring so that you can see how things look during the rest of the year (unless you’re moving in at the beginning of spring).

     

    Switch Out Your Locks

     

    While typically it should be safe to trust the people that you bought your home from, that doesn’t mean that they’re going to be able to do everything possible to ensure that there aren’t spare keys floating around. Plus, if they aren’t trustworthy, they may keep a key to try and break in (this can be common with apartments where they were evicted).

     

    So, what you want to do is get a locksmith in to change all of the locks in your home as soon as you possibly can. Have them go through your entire home and deal with both the windows and the doors. Don’t miss spaces like your basement and/or your attic. This will cost some money, but it will also give you peace of mind.

     

    You should also schedule some time with your locksmith to talk about other security measures that you can take to increase your home security, as well. They can help you to determine what types of locks are going to be best and may even be able to help you set up a security system that works for your budget and the needs you have.

     

    Make Things Safe for Children and/or Pets

     

    Pet-proofing and child-proofing your home is also a big priority. Make sure that all open electrical outlets are covered as they should be. Do you want to child-proof doors or make sure that there aren’t any areas where pets and small children can get stuck? Deal with that as well.

     

    The earlier that you are able to make everything safe, the less stressed you’ll feel when your family finally moves into your space. Plus, you won’t need to race around safety-proofing everything in your home on the day of your move, which is stressful enough as it is.

     

    Frequently Asked Questions

     

    Why are people telling me to bring bread, salt, and honey into my house before anything else?

     

    There is a folk belief that, if you bring bread, salt, and honey into your new home, it will bring you blessings and/or good luck upon moving in. The bread and salt are so that you “never know hunger;” the honey is so that you can enjoy how sweet life is supposed to be. This is, obviously, not necessary – but many people decide to stick to this tradition.

     

    When should I get my utilities turned on in my new home?

     

    As soon as you have a date you’re moving in, you want to schedule for your utilities to get turned on. You’ll want to turn them on 2-3 days before you move into your new home. That way, if there is some sort of delay or issue with a certain utility, you can get it taken care of before moving day.

     

    How do I deal with food and shopping before moving day?

     

    Buy as little as possible in a week or so before moving day. You want to take as little food as possible, especially if it’s a long-distance move. Finish things up as best as you can. Plan to order dinner on the day that you move into your new place, and then go grocery shopping as soon as you can after that. It’ll make it less stressful.

     

    Are You Ready for Moving Day?

     

    Moving day is a huge undertaking, and if you plan things out well, you can get to your new home and make sure that everything is ready to go as soon as possible. Do some research and take your time sorting everything out. In the long run, a little preparation can go a long way.

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  • How Do I Know if My Movers are Qualified?
    Moving Tips

    Finally, you have gotten a new apartment after all the stress. Now, you are wondering how you will move. Out of every moving phase, one of the most important parts is the mover. If you have a crappy mover, you may have a crappy moving job in your hands. This is why it is of great importance that you look for a good mover.

     

    How can you tell a professional from a scam? When you get the local moving company, you have to be rest assured that they will do the right job. This is why it is advisable to run a background check on the moving company. How good are they? Have they had clients that complained? Have prior clients complained about things getting missing? It is important to know that the mover you use will have access to you, your properties, and your new home.

     

    1. Large Down Payment

     

    Usually, a lot of legitimate movers only request that you make a bit of a down payment before the job is done. They do not ask for everything to be paid before they move your things.

     

    After asking for a small down payment before they start the job, they expect that you make the rest payment on delivery, immediately they are done with the job.

    This allows the firm to be held liable for ensuring that your properties get to their destination quickly and in a safe manner.

     

    If you see a moving company that requests that you make a large down payment, you should consider taking your business elsewhere because that screams a scam.

     

    Once they get the entire sum before movement, what will make them come over on D-day and move you?

     

    2. Cash-Only Payments

     

    One thing you should know is that if you made a cash payment, you tend to get a higher value for your cash, but once you notice that it is only cash payments that the movers accept, you should be careful. If they don't accept anything else, apart from cash, you should run to the hills. It is advisable that you opt for credit card payments because it leaves a paper trail. If you have some disputes, how can you prove that you made payments if you opted for cash? The paper trail of a credit card can act as proof.

     

    One can tell a legitimate mover from those that are scammed by looking at how many payments forms they have. If they don't have more than one, you should consider taking your business elsewhere. Ask them if they accept credit payments, as a legitimate one should. After that, you can decide to use such a payment form or cash.

     

    3. Extremely Low Rates

     

    A company that asks for a large down payment should leave you suspicious; the same can be said for very low rates. If you notice that the rates are too low, your red flag meter should start waving.

     

    One thing you should know is that moving is not a job that is done for a very affordable price. No one can do that, that's the basic truth. One thing you should note is that moving is not affordable, and once you find something like that, there is a great chance that it is a scam.

     

    The moving firm has vehicles to take care of and fuel; it also has employees that it has to pay for and so on.

     

    Whatever estimates a moving company gives you should be compared with different estimates from another firm. What does it look like? Are the estimates too cheap for now? One thing you should know is that scams will give you a very cheap estimate at first, then on a moving day, they tell you that the rates have increased because of one flimsy reason or the other. At that moment, they know that finding a moving company will be almost impossible for you.

     

    4. No Logo

     

    It won't be a bad idea to look at their moving trucks. If you can, please do. See what kind of moving trucks they use. Are their logos on the trucks? Do the trucks look good or seem like things that came out of a freak show? These things should be considered. If you can't see the trucks, you can ask around. Who has used the moving company before? Did they use a marked moving truck or not?

     

    If you notice that your moving company comes on D-day with a truck that is not marked with their logo, or a rental truck, you should become suspicious.

     

    Every legitimate mover embeds its logo on its moving truck, and that's the basic truth. Many of these movers use a rolling billboard to advertise their firm, while they get paid to move your properties around. If you notice that your moving company doesn't have a logo on the truck, and you can't see their phone number on it, there is a great chance that it can't be termed a legitimate one.

     

    5. No Address or Office

     

    A lot of companies, especially the movers, have running and updated websites. Their online presence can give you a hint if the company is legitimate or not. The internet is a perfect place to find scams. Sometimes, it is advised that before you use a product or service, you search the internet to see how legitimate it is. You can start by searching the name of the product or company and putting 'scam' on it. There is a great chance that you will get hits if the company is a scam. Look at the moving company's website. How does it look like? Did you notice reviews? How genuine do they look? Do some companies fake their reviews? Do they have similar wording?

     

    Does the website have the address of the mover written there? Is the address just a city or a P.O. box? Whatever moving company that you opt for should have an address.

     

    Once you see the address, it is important to find out if it is genuine. You can track out if an address is really a building that houses companies or merely an empty lot. Find out yourself if you don't want to be scammed or be offered crappy services.

     

    6. No Bill of Lading

     

    Every legitimate mover will ask to sign a contract with you. Immediately you agree to use them; they will expect that you append your signature on their contract, this is usually called a Bill of Lading (BOL).

     

    What the bill of lading contains are things like estimated price, delivery date, as well as the needed supplies. Whatever BOL that you append your signature on should have words that specify that you won't have to make extra payments like driver's fee or compulsory tip. What you agreed on should be what is paid. This should be written on the contract.

     

    The BOL shouldn't be ignored because it ensures that both your properties and interests should be protected. You don't want your properties missing.

     

    7. Many Extreme Reviews

     

    Look at the reviews of the company, what are they like? Before you hire any moving company, you have to look at their reviews? Are they commendable or scary? If you notice that they have amassed a lot of negative reviews, you should consider running to the hills. This most likely means that their services are nothing to write home about and should be avoided.

     

    If you notice that every review there seems too positive, then there is a great chance that the reviews were faked.

     

    Look at the reviews that were written concerning a moving company on a popular review site before you make that decision.

     

    A great way to see if a company is legitimate or a scam is to see if they have been certified as a ProMover at American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA).

     

    This program was created in a bid to find scam movers while telling clients what movers are professional and reputable.

     

    If you can't find your moving company there, then you know what to do, run for your life.

     

    8. Scheduling Trouble

     

    If you notice that the movers keep postponing the move, then you should become very suspicious. Sometimes, a change of schedule may occur, but it should only be once. Once it becomes more than one, you should consider running to the hills, when the scheduling changes become a lot, there is a high tendency that it is a scam. Try and look for another mover.

     

    If you wait for this moving company, you may notice that in the end, you will be frustrated. One thing we advise people to do is never tolerate tardiness that occurs more than once because you may end up paying for it. This is why when you sign a contract, you look at the conditions attached to it. Are there any hints that you can't back out of the contract as long as you give them the necessary notification? If there are, this may affect you later when you notice that they are tardy. At that moment, you won't be able to do without them because you agreed to unfavorable terms. Whatever contract you sign should have terms that are beneficial to you.

     

    9. Lax Phone Etiquette

     

    When you call them on the phone, how do they sound? Do they sound like they are bored and irritated by your call? Do they sound professional? Once you call them, what do they say? Do they state the name of the moving company? If you call a cross country moving company, and they answer with 'movers,' or 'hello,' you may be onto a rogue mover. Are they nice? Or rude? No matter how nice they are, and there is no level of professionalism in the way that they interact with you, they are most likely a scam.

     

    Call them on the phone and listen to their tone. What did you notice about the interactions? Are they too playful? Too serious?

     

    One thing you should note that is if they are either too playful or too serious, then there is a problem. They should be friendly and professional at the same time.

     

    Try to hear what's happening at the background while the conversation is ongoing. Is the person on the other end, shushing someone close to him? Can you hear kids playing about it? What of screaming? It is quite easy to find out if someone is a scam or not by listening. Sometimes, the signs may be there, but since you are not alert, you may not notice them.

     

    This saves you from falling into the arms of a scam.

     

    10. No On-Site Quote

     

    A lot of moving firms are known to send their representative to your home before they come up with an estimate. This is done because the moving prices usually are not dependent on solely the distance between the old house and the new one. It also encompasses the number of properties you have, and how much they weigh.

     

    A lot of homeowners usually possess more properties than they may have thought. A professional representative looks at the house and tries to draft a quote that is dependent on the estimated weight.

     

    If you get a mover and they don't come to see what you have in your apartment, your red flag meter should be moving. A good mover must come to your house to look at what you have, and make estimates from there.

     

    Why is this important? If they don't come to see what you have, they may end up giving an estimate that's not realistic.

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