In the last post, we discussed some of our top tips for finding a reliable moving service to safely transport your belongings to your new residence. However, there are several more tips that can make your moving experience as simple as possible. Here’s part two of our guide that will explore some tips for finding moving services you can trust.
Understand the Three Types of Moving Contracts
Before signing anything, it’s important to understand the three main types of moving contracts. A ‘non-binding estimate’ in a contract means that the moving company can’t require you to pay more than 10% higher than the initial estimate. A ‘non-binding to exceed estimate’ guarantees that you will not have to pay more than the original estimate. Finally, a ‘binding estimate’ is a set price for the move and all extra services. It’s important to make this distinction before signing or paying anything.
Report Problems ASAP
Many people don’t know that they have nine months to report any and all problems with their belongings after the move is complete. With this in mind, it’s definitely a good idea to at least sift through all boxes on moving day and inspect for damages. If you do find damage, document it properly:
“Note any problems on the mover’s copy of the bill of lading before signing it. Your mover has 30 days to acknowledge receipt of your claim. Within 120 days of receiving it, he must deny your claim or make an offer to pay,” writes Moving.com.
Double-Check Moving Contract
Finally, it’s a good idea to double-check the moving contract before signing it. Make sure all of your belongings are listed on the inventory form. Otherwise, you legally can’t expect it to be in the truck when it arrives. Unfortunately, you cannot file an insurance claim for an item that wasn’t on the initial inventory list.
Ultimately, the economic impact of the moving industry in 2016 was estimated to total $85.7 billion. Taking the time to find a reliable moving service you can trust is the key to making your move as simple as possible.