Myth #1 – Cheaper is Better
Lead brokers – Lead brokers are sites where you give your personal information and the company sells your information to 5-10 actual moving companies. Those companies then compete for your business. Good for you, right? Not really. The moving companies start calling you and bring their “quote” lower and lower in an effort to book your move.
The mover arrives at your house, probably never having seen anything you are moving and suddenly they need to “revise the original estimate”! You’re mostly packed, ready to go, have a timeline and what are you going to do? Probably suck it up and pay a lot more than you planned. Had you simply contacted moving companies directly, avoided a middle man who really doesn’t care about you or your move anyway, you would not be in that position!
Bottom line…contact moving companies directly.
Myth #2 – The Better Business Bureau is an accurate representation of a moving company
http://youtu.be/Yo8kfV9kONw This video says it all.
To thoroughly check out movers first visit http://ai.volpe.dot.gov/hhg/search.asp
Go through your state household goods mover licensing bureau to check out intrastate movers.
After dealing with an awful plumber who I found with an A+ BBB rating…after he had jackhammered my floor and opened a 10 foot section of our slab…after that I actually called our state Plumbing Board to find the plumber with the A+ BBB rating had 19 complaints with the state plumbing board.
Yelp.com is also a great source for pretty accurate reviews.
Myth #3 – I can wait until later to pack
No you cannot! Start packing at least 30 days before your move! If your mover arrives and things are not packed there is going to be a problem for you and the mover! If the mover suddenly has to start packing you will be charged for boxes, packing paper, tape and their time and it won’t be cheap!
I repeat – Start Packing Early! You will be amazed at what you can live without at least for a short time!
Myth #4 – My shipment is fully insured
By law your long distance shipment is “covered” at .60 per pound per article. Read that again! This means your 50 pound Tiffany lamp is covered at about $30. If your mover offers to sell you Full Value Coverage you should ask to see a policy with your name on it. There are “tricks of the trade” movers use to sell this coverage then it can be a nightmare to actually collect on a claim. I highly recommend purchasing full coverage insurance from any number of moving insurance companies.
http://www.bakerintl.com/ If your moving company is affiliated with Baker you can use them – they’ve been in business a long time.
http://www.movinginsurance.com is a good source for full coverage insurance.
Myth #5 – I can expect to pay in full when the movers finish unloading
On interstate or long distance moves, you are required to pay your balance in full when the movers arrive and before they begin unloading. Movers are fully within their rights to simply leave if you do not have payment ready. Typically you are expected to pay in cash, US Postal Order or Cashiers Check. You may also be charged for waiting time if you need to go and get the money to pay your mover. If your mover arrives at 7:00AM and the bank doesn’t open until 9:00AM, that can cost up to $100 an hour. (This isn’t to be mean! The mover is paying workers to stand around and do nothing because you weren’t prepared! Time is money!) You should be clearly informed of this on the documents you signed when your shipment was picked up. (You did READ what you signed, right?!)
Myth #6 – Movers don’t get hungry or thirsty and if they do they should be prepared for that.
Well, maybe they should bring food and drinks but I know that when I have people working in my home all day I offer drinks and snacks at least. Typically the movers are driving a large truck and making a trip for pizza or burgers can be difficult. Be hospitable and at least offer a drink now and then!
Hopefully you are reading this before your move! If not, give us a call if you have encountered a problem with any mover and we will try to help. Happy Moving!
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