Moving can be difficult and confusing, especially if you are moving for the first time. You have found a moving company, perfect for your relocation. What is the next step? Hiring them and signing a moving contract. A moving contract a legally binding written document (agreement) between you and the moving company about all the relocation details including the rights and responsibilities of both sides. In some states, it is necessary by law, and even if it is not, don’t move without it because it is your safety net.
What to check before signing a moving contract?
When looking for reliable NYC movers and packers, it is not enough just to research them and to look for reviews. It is easy to get overwhelmed and stress-out when moving, no matter if it is a local move or a long-distance move.
- Is the company licensed and insured? No matter how much you liked a company, don’t hire them if they don’t have all the right permits for moving. It is not hard to check. On FMCSA official website, you can check the company’s official status.
- Visit the company’s websites and social media profiles because you can learn a lot there about a moving company. One of the most important things is to read reviews from past clients.
- Get an in-home moving estimate and you will know the accurate moving price. Compare a couple of estimates and choose the best one. Also, pay attention is it a binding or non-binding moving estimate?
- Can a mover satisfy all your requirements about moving, what services do they offer to clients? If you need storage or packing services, can you get them, and what is the price? Before signing a moving contract, make sure what is included in the price you are paying. There shouldn’t be any hidden fees.
If you are looking for a reputable mover, consider hiring Caldwell movers. When hiring a reliable company, you will avoid scammers, and moving will be less stressful. You can go through a moving contract together with them, step by step.
Bill of Lading – the most important thing in a moving contract
What is the most important document between you and the moving company you will hire when moving? A bill of Lading. You need to understand the terms in a moving contract before signing anything. On a moving day, a mover will give you this document and both sides will sign it. It includes:
- License information about the moving company
- Contact info of the company (address, phone number)
- Your contact information
- Origin and the final destination of the shipment including date and time for pick up and delivery to a new address
- Insurance information
- Services you hired
- Costs of a moving and other fees
If you have difficulties with understanding moving contract terms or finding a reliable and experienced mover, feel free to contact us. Signing a moving contract is a final step, so read it twice before taking your pen. Or read it with someone else, to understand it better.