Here are a few tips that will help in selecting a mover.
Make sure to understand if you are dealing with:
a. mover - household mover's ordinary course of business is providing transportation of customers belongings and is liable for the shipment,
b. mover's agent - is liable for the shipment and works with mover and uses mover's tariff,
c. broker - responsible to find an authorized mover, but will not be responsible for loss or damage.
Ask your mover of their schedule of fees, pertaining to your move (local/long distance). Local for the size of your residence or industrial facility, if long distance by size and the distance. Some movers have discounts for the size of relocation.
Get a copy of bill of lading (contract) from your mover and get familiar with the definitions used by movers and the "small print" inside the contract.
Get in writing from mover acceptable forms of payment.
The best way to prepare for moving is to learn your rights and responsibilities.
Finding the liabilities of the moving companies is very important in general.
Materials that are not allowed to transport with movers.
You should interview 2 or more reputable companies. Get written estimates and choose the company with the best reputation and a reasonable offer.
Make sure to be very thorough at describing services you require. And to compare companies costs make sure that companies have same understanding of your requirements.
Customer can require the availability of guaranteed pickup and delivery dates.
Long distance moves have different methods of deliveries: exclusive use of a truck and straight delivery, or consolidated relocation.
Have movers explain the differences of protection programs.
- what happens if you are not ready to accept shipment and need short term storage (long distance moves).
- the process of how to file a claim in case of loss or damage.