This May marks the start of National Moving Month and the start of the busiest few months of the year for moving. But with the heightened demand for movers comes the increased need for consumers to be informed and protect themselves. Heed the advice of the AMSA and consumer protection agencies:
- Identify and verify your moving company’s physical address and mover’s license information, and look for a national van line logo for interstate movers.
- Check for affiliations with moving organizations such as the
American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA) and the International
Association of Moves (IAM).
- Read, sign and retain a copy of all important documents
including your contract, bill of lading and estimate – and always get a written
estimate with a walk-through of your space.
the standard materials for interstate moves: “Read to Move?” and “Your
Rights and Responsibilities When You Move” brochure as well as arbitration
information; however, state regulations vary for local in-state moves.
- Don’t pay upfront, and avoid substantial down payments to
secure your reservation, although a small portion down may be expected during
this busy season.
- Consider full- or partial- value protection against loss or
damage. Valuation is standard in interstate moves but an option for local
moves. Request this information if not provided with your estimate.
- Keep legal documents, paperwork, cash, jewelry and
irreplaceable keepsakes with you in the move, rather than on the moving truck.
- Be sure you can communicate with the driver by phone, and
write down other information such as the truck number in case you need to speak
with the moving company.
Broadway Moving and Storage is a proud member of both the AMSA and IAM, and 2015 Women’s Choice Award recipient as “America’s Most Recommended Moving Company.” As a professional California moving company with locations in Stockton and Vallejo, we are dedicated to providing our customers with information and support beyond the move.
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