Relocating is stressful. If you find the right moving company, they can help make moving into your new home just a little easier. Your heirlooms and furniture—everything you collected over the years—must get packed in boxes then transported. Don’t let fragile items be carried by inexperienced hands. About two months before the move, start looking for a reputable mover you can trust. As moving day creeps closer, there’s a lot to do, and you don’t want to make a quick, last-minute decision. When researching movers, there are three things you should be aware of before hiring a moving company.
Ask About Licenses
Reputable moving companies have a business license granted by the state, or federal government, which certifies the company for providing relocation services within a state, country, or across borders. Keller Moving has a PUC (Public Utility Commission) license to serve local moves within Pennsylvania and a MC (Motor Carrier) license for out-of-state moves. Always ask a potential moving company you may hire for their DOT number. These are issued by the United States Department of Transportation to companies that operate commercial vehicles used to haul cargo or transport passengers.
Use an Insured Mover that Provides Valuation Information
Protect your belongings by hiring an insured moving company. All reputable movers will provide you with valuation information. Should your belongings get damaged or lost during the move, you will be compensated. While researching movers, compare the level of coverage. Some companies will compensate you for broken items on a per-pound basis while offering a higher level of insurance for an extra fee. Keller Moving has a valuation plan that covers .60 cents per pound per article. Our full replacement valuation states Keller Moving (or its insurer) will either pay the cost of repairing the item or replace the damaged or lost property with other property of like kind, like quality, and like condition. Some items cannot be covered by valuation or insurance so make sure you understand the extent of your coverage before signing a contract with any moving company.
Compare Written Estimates
An estimator from each moving company should come to your home, examine the items being moved, and fill out a sheet listing each expense. Always be aware of what services you’re being charged for and how much they cost.
Tell the estimator everything you intend on moving so the estimate is accurate. If changes occur, the actual costs may be different from the estimate. It's a good idea to get at least three estimates because two of them are likely to be similar in price while the outlier will seem like a bargain. Be wary of any estimate that is much cheaper than other movers. On moving day, they will charge more than you're expecting.
Older Is Better
The longer a moving company has been in business, the more experienced and the better trained the movers will be at handling your belongings. Keller Moving is a full-service, trusted relocation firm that has been proudly serving the Lehigh Valley area since 1922.