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Moving is stressful and confusing no matter how many times you have moved before. The moving process means multiple tasks and every task will need a lot of planning and patience. Right from arranging packing supplies to choosing to transport the things right, each task is challenging. A single mistake can cost you a hefty amount of money and harassment. However, the most difficult task in the moving process is choosing the best out of state movers to pack and move your household goods safely from one place to another. As we know several moving companies try to fetch business by all means so the chances of falling into the trap of a fraud company are quite high. So, it is wise to ask for a few details from your chosen moving company before hiring them for the job.

Ask for the License

All professional moving companies are licensed, so, a license is the basic necessity for any moving company to operate. Make sure your chosen moving company is licensed by the United States Department of Transportation and has a valid DOT number. While national moving companies must have a license, moving companies are regulated by the Department of Transportation. A moving company would hold a state license to work. Every state has its own set of rules and regulations and moving companies are bound to follow them, make sure your chosen moving company abides by local protocols. Choosing a known professional moving company can definitely make this process easier.

Check if they are capable of handling your move

As we know, each move is different and each move needs a different kind of expertise. For instance, if you are moving across the country, expecting a mover to do the job would be a wrong assumption. Ask your moving company if they have the experience and staff to handle a specific move. If you have any specific needs, for instance, if you have household items that need extra cautions, make sure your moving company has the right material, expertise, and staff to handle such stuff. Household goods like piano, gym equipment, and art items need proper packing and handling during transit. If you are moving your stuff from or to a high-rise building and there is no lift, the staff should be skilled enough to handle expensive and heavy goods while carrying them in the stairs. These all points may sound very small but clearing them, in the beginning, may save your goods from damaging.

So, it is wise to ask for a few details from these movers in CT before hiring them for the job.

Cost Estimate

Moving cost is one of the most common consumer complaints against moving companies. Many moving companies quote lower prices but end up charging more in the name of extra weight, over time, and/or inconvenience occurred. Don’t fall for any of such excuses and have a transparent discussion about moving quotes. Call company executives for an onsite survey and provide an estimated cost. While the company representative is doing his inspection, make sure you show them and tell them everything that you need to transport. Also tell them the mode of transportation, for instance, if you have a lift facility at both old and new homes or if you do not have a lift at one or both locations. For a move, movers charge based on time, and for an interstate move, they charge based on the weight of your goods and distance to travel.

Make sure your chosen moving company gives you a moving estimate in writing and the agreement should include all the charges. Tell them to mention each service that you have opted for and the cost on the moving quote agreement to eliminate the chances of any hidden costs.

Additional Costs

Ask everything related to the moving cost. Make sure you ask them what all services are included in the package offered by them. Not all companies provide packing services and consider it as an additional service so it makes sense to have a clear idea about the services included in the package and for what you have to pay extra. Some companies charge extra for carrying heavy items and large items that cannot be moved through the lift. You may also have to pay additional charges for moving equipment like trolley, crane, and/or extra packing material that the company may need to pack your delicate items. While some companies provide free warehouse storage in case of an interstate move, others may charge for storage-in-transit services and may even impose handling charges. You need to ask and understand all the charges related to your move to avoid any last-minute inconvenience.

Insurance

All moving companies provide basic moving insurance but that doesn’t cover most of the items. The insurance provided by these companies is basically valuation coverage. Make sure you confirm with your moving company what type of moving insurance they offer and consider buying additional insurance if the need be.