Because a household moving company can vary in the services provided for the costs charged, it is suggested that each customer examine the services offered carefully. The more a customer is willing to do, the less the charges will likely be. Some companies are willing to do everything for the customer, including all of the packing, loading, unloading, crating, storage and more, as they want to exceed the customer’s expectations in all phases of the services performed. However, each customer should initially inquire about any responsibilities expected of them in the process before signing any firm agreement.
Full service businesses are very experienced in every phase of the moving process, ensuring the best results for each customer. Should any damages to property occur, insurance should be in place for reimbursement, if necessary. Customers can do the majority of the work to see substantial savings for the effort put forth. In many cases rental trucks and storage units are available for customers. Keep in mind that there is a possibility of personal injury and damages to the household items when the home or business owner chooses to do the majority of the work themselves.
Customers can purchase packing materials and can receive help from packing experts professionally trained to get the job done correctly, achieving the best results. The customer can also request that help be provided to assist with the unpacking at the new address. If necessary, any belongings needing temperature control can be taken to a clean, dry facility and sealed in a pallet vault to protect them from damage and dust. Be sure to choose a household moving company that takes precautionary steps to do criminal background checks on their drivers and employees, and a commercial (CDL) driver’s license is necessary for those that will be in charge of transporting the personal belongings.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is an independent branch of the Department of Transportation (DOT) that has the responsibility of preventing commercial motor carrier fraud, and that includes overseeing each household moving company. US DOT numbers are issued to interstate operations and they must comply with the rules and regulations to protect consumers. Some states, like Texas, require intrastate commercial motor carriers to obtain one as well, and will display this number on their sales literature which can be verified on the FMCSA website. Regulations by the FMCSA require these businesses to give interstate customers a pamphlet which explains the consumer’s rights and responsibilities.
Potential customers should search the internet to learn about previous customer’s feedback about each household moving company. The BBB (Better Business Bureau) website should also be viewed for any pertinent information on a company being considered.
Identifying the best business to choose can be difficult, but it is worth it when one considers that their personal possessions will be entrusted to their care. It is best to hire a firm that will do everything necessary in a timely manner to avoid stressful situations and damage to the client’s belongings. That requires due diligence to research and finding the best business with a team of competent professionals to produce the best results.