1. Moving companies aren’t required to provide coverage (insurance) for the entire value of your items. The moving company you choose should mention two options for you. The first is called released value, a minimum coverage amount included in the move price at no additional cost to you. The second is declared value or full value protection, these are more comprehensive coverage options and usually cost around 1% of the coverage amount. Make sure to check with your own homeowner’s or renter’s insurance provider to see if you already have a moving coverage provision!
2. Good moving companies will be detailed and meticulous in collecting information about your move. However, it is also the customer’s responsibility to be thorough in providing information. Make sure to mention key details about furniture. Some examples are as follows:
a. Pieces of furniture that hold sentimental value. These should also be pointed out the day of the move.
b. Pieces of furniture that require special disassembly.
c. Pieces of furniture that required special attention from previous movers. For example, if a customer has a piece of furniture that required the moving help of 4 family members, two friends, and several players from the high school football team, it would be helpful to mention that to the movers.
3. Get several quotes. Keep in mind that on local moving jobs the price quoted is usually non-binding meaning you will pay for the actual number of hours required to complete the move. When this is the case, don’t immediately choose the cheapest quote! Instead, pay more attention to the hourly rate you are quoted, and obviously, make sure that you are hiring a licensed, insured, and reputable moving company.