November 6, 2009, Newsletter Issue #97: Choosing a Mover

Tip of the Week

Before you talk to any movers, figure out how much stuff you'll be moving. When possible, have a representative from the home moving company come to your home and see the load in person before giving an estimate. This person may be able to bring up factors you hadn't considered or items you overlooked.

Check your mover's DOT license, and ask for references. Interstate movers are required to publish their rates and to participate in a dispute resolution program; even for an in-state move, these are good indicators of an established company.

Be very sure you understand the process for resolving claims if your mover loses or damages any of your items. Ask them to be clear with you about extra charges, payment arrangements, and packing requirements.

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