6 Questions to Ask When Hiring Moving Labor
Moving is stressful enough, don't add to it by hiring the wrong movers.
Are the movers licensed and insured?
While many moving labor companies claim to be "licensed and insured", few are. Any company claiming to be licensed should have proof of their local or state license as well as their legal state entity. Is the company truly insured? Request a copy of their insurance certificate to verify.
Do they accept credit cards?
Let's face it, it's not 2001 anymore and any legitimate company should offer you the ability to pay by credit card on the move day. Cash is not convenient and is harder to track when it comes time to do your taxes or expense reports.
Are there hidden fees?
If you have found an amazing deal for verified licensed and insured movers you may want to also check for hidden fees. There are many different kinds of fees including rush fees, piano fees, stair charges, long carries and elevator charges.
Are the movers third-party companies, individuals or employees?
Believe it or not, most websites that claim to provide moving labor services nationwide do not have a single employee. Instead, they most often hire unlicensed and uninsured individuals to complete the work. These also happen to be the same companies that require cash for the balance due on moving day.
Do they offer coverage for damages?
A company that only provides moving labor services is not required to provide any coverage for damaged items.
How long has the company been in business?
Start asking around and you may be surprised by what you find, most likely 1-3 years on average. More often than not, the answer is only a measure of how long they have had a website. Are they a legally registered business in their state?