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Questions To Ask Before Hiring Movers

July 6, 2022

One of the great things about working with a Realtor in Columbus GA like the ones at Rose Anne Erickson Realty is that you can count on us to provide you with a wealth of information. From the best neighborhoods for you to recommendations on builders and movers, we pride ourselves on knowing our areas like the back of our hands. Of course, if you are moving from out of state and need to find a mover you can trust, we can at least offer you some questions to ask when you’re ready to hire a mover.

  • Do you offer in-person estimates? We feel this is the best way to ensure a mover truly understands how much needs to be moved and if there are any items that might present a problem. This also allows them to make sure there aren’t any other impediments ranging from parking to low-hanging trees that could get in the way of the truck.
  • What kind of liability coverage do you provide? You may not realize that under federal law, moving companies typically must provide basic coverage. This means the company is responsible for 30 cents per pound per item for an in-state move, or 60 cents for an interstate move, on any items damaged during the move. Many movers understand that this may sound complicated, so they offer full-value protection. If anything is lost, destroyed, or damaged the moving company will pay to have it repaired, replaced with something similar, or give you money to replace it.
  • Is there anything you won’t move? With the coverage in mind – and you can purchase full-coverage insurance from a third party – there are some things that movers may not want to risk moving. This is usually items such as fragile family heirlooms, other valuables, or even plants. The decision is usually based on if the risk of losing or damaging the item is too great.
  • Does your moving crew have worker’s compensation? You’ll usually find the reputable companies do cover costs for their crews in case of injury on the job. Be aware that if they don’t, you could possibly be held liable.
  • Do you assemble and reassemble furniture? Inevitably some items, such as beds, sofas, and large tables may need to be taken apart in order to get them out of the house and/or to transport them safely. However, you want to be sure they will reassemble the furniture at the other end. Valuable heirloom furniture may be viewed as something they’ll move but won’t necessarily want to be responsible for taking it apart or putting it back together.
  • Are there requirements if I pack my own boxes? Ideally, we would all like to be able to afford to have movers come in and take over the packing process for us, as it’s a task most people don’t enjoy. However, that significantly increases the cost. Since you’ll likely be packing most of your items, check to see if they require certain sizes of boxes and packing materials. Most movers will want you to use boxes in the first place, rather than trash bags or other carriers, but they also say that bubble wrap and newspaper are the best materials for keeping things safe during a move.
  • Is there a guaranteed delivery date? This is more important if you’re moving to another state, as they do multiple homes in one truck and so the date may not be exact or immediate. You can probably ask for a specific date if it’s important, but you’ll probably pay a little more. If you’re open to a two-to-three-day window, you’ll probably pay less. Which brings us to:
  • How much will it cost? It’s important to know in advance that moving can be costly. A local move often averages around $1250, but it could be higher due to gas prices. A long-distance move can climb to around $5000, assuming an average weight of 7,500 pounds and an average distance of 1,000 miles. Some movers may offer lower costs, but be aware that there could be a number of fees that suddenly make the total much higher. Always ask about any additional fees beyond the actual moving cost. However, some will offer discounts. Many companies will lower the price if you pay in cash. Others offer discounts for veterans or members of AAA. It doesn’t hurt to ask!

These are some of the key questions to ask. You may also want to ask about Covid-19 precautions, especially if you have young children, or someone with disabilities, or other health issues. That’s up to you but it’s certainly something to keep in mind if you are concerned. The point is to ask questions and don’t be afraid to ask any questions. The more information you have, the easier it is to make a choice. And do get plenty of estimates; don’t just ask one company. Just like finding a Realtor in Columbus GA, you want to make sure you’ve found the company and people who make you feel confident in their work.

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