How Much Do Movers Cost?
There are three types of charges from Moving companies
- Weight or Volume charges – you pay for what you ship
- Packing Fees – If any of your items require boxing or special packing
- Logistical fees – Stairs, Elevators, Long Carry, shuttle fees, second stop charges, special delivery fees such as priority or expedited delivery fees.
Are moving companies regulated?
Yes, Moving Companies are licensed through the US Department of Transportation and also their state and local agencies. You can look up any moving company to see if they are licensed on the US DOT’s Consumer website.
Are moving companies bonded?
No, moving companies are not required to carry bonding. Moving companies are required to carry liability insurance like any normal company.
A company that is bonded is the sign of a moving broker. To be a moving broker, they are required to put atleast $70,000 into a bond. Moving brokers can come and go from the industry overnight, so a bond is neccessary to cover them for any outstanding liabilities.
How can you compare moving companies?
Make sure you are comparing a moving carrier/company and not a moving broker.
The hard part comes in when you are not informed and comparing moving carriers, moving brokers, and vanlines.
You can check the US DOT’s website but it is hard for a customer to differentiate between a broker and a moving company. The website is not very user friendly, but all the information is there.
Most customers do not know how to interperet the informaiton on the DOT’s website. The government is doing their do dillengence providing all the information available.
You can always tell if a company is a moving broker because it will state “BROKER” in their DOT License page.
Some Brokers will claim they are movers because they own only 1 moving truck. If a company has a trailer registered but doesn’t have a cab for the truck, they are allowed to apply for a DOT number, even though the truck doesn’t perform any moving services.
What can moving companies not allowed to move?
Moving Companies are not allowed to move any items that are:
- Under Pressure
Those items include:
- House Pets
- House Plants
- Propane tanks
- Paint thinners
- Food items that are perishable
- Guns cannot be shipped unless they are cleaned and free of ammunition.
Who rates moving companies?
Basically, nobody who is reliable. All the companies that rate moving companies are for profit private companies. In most cases, paying these companies a monthly membership fee gives you an A+ or 5 star rating.
Some of these companies are:
- AMSA – American Moving and Storage Association – Private company with monthly dues
- BBB- Better Business Bureau – Private Company with monthly dues
- Other Review sites- Private Organizations with monthly advertising fees to increase your rating
Are moving companies responsible for damages?
Moving companies are only responsible for the amount of liability coverage you purchase from them. With some companies you have the Full Value Protection (FVP). It is a form of liability coverage. You may only be elibile to purchase Full Value Protection if you also purchase their full packing services.
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