Moving to a new home is stressful, but if you find the right mover, they can help make relocating just a little easier. Your furniture and heirlooms—everything you collected over the years—must get packed in boxes then transported so you don’t want them carried by inexperienced hands. Two months before the move, start looking for a reputable mover you can trust. With moving day creeping closer, there’s a lot to do, and you don’t want to make a quick, last-minute decision about who is responsible for your things. 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. This is a document that certifies the company for providing moving services within a state, country, or across borders. Jensen Movers has a PUC (Public Utility Commission) license to serve local moves within Pennsylvania and a MC (Motor Carrier) license for long-distance and 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 transport passengers or haul cargo.
Use an Insured Mover that Provides Valuation Information
Protect your belongings by using an insured moving company. All reputable movers will provide you with valuation information. Should your belongings get lost or damaged during the move, you will be compensated. When researching movers, compare the level of coverage. Many companies will compensate you for broken items on a per-pound basis while offering a higher level of insurance for an extra fee. Jensen Movers has a valuation plan that covers .60 cents per pound per article. Our full replacement valuation states Jensen Movers (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 insurance or valuation so make sure you understand the extent of your coverage before signing a contract with any moving company.
Get and Compare Written Estimates
An estimator from each moving company should come to your home, evaluate the items being moved, and fill out a form that lists each expense. Always be aware of what you’re being charged for and how much each individual service costs.
It is important to tell the estimators about everything you intend on moving so the estimate is accurate. If changes occur, the actual costs may be a little more or less than the estimate. Be wary of an estimate that is much lower than other movers because they will charge you far more than the estimated price on moving day.
The Older, The 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. Jensen Movers is a trusted full-service relocation firm that has been proudly serving Montgomery County, Bucks County, and the surrounding area since 1911.