Not researching movers and choosing the lowest quote
One of the most common mistakes people make when they move is to book the first mover they contact. Ask at least a few licensed and insured relocation companies for an in-home estimate. The more companies you contact, the better choice you can make. Along with the status with the FMCSA, check for online reputation, years of experience, professionalism and competence.
Interview movers about their policy and additional services. And, the best way is to conduct the interview in person. Mind that the lack of physical address and warehouse is considered as an alert. You may be dealing with a rogue mover. Research and compare!
Leaving packing for the last moment
Being in a hurry, you can fail to do the packing properly. And, if your items are not packed properly, they may be damaged during transportation. Start packing items at least two weeks prior to moving day. Be very careful with the fragile ones and provide additional protection for them.
Do not pack hazardous or perishable items. You must inform movers for all items of high value. And, by all means do not pack documents and other personal belongings of sentimental value in a box that goes in the moving truck. Keep them with you.
Not providing a complete list of items that you’ll take with you
When you reach moving companies for an estimate, be meticulous with the list of items that are about to be moved to the new location. Beware that the estimate is not a final price and is subject to change.
Movers will charge you by the weight if the move is long distance and by the hour in case you move locally. Both cases, a change in the amount of the items that are going to be transported will lead to a change in the final moving cost. So, provide your movers with a complete list of items.
Choosing the Released Value option
In order to save money on their move, many people choose the free of charge “Released Value” option. However, this plan provides protection based on the weight of your items and not the real value. If you choose this plan, then in case of a damage, movers will compensate you $0.60 per pound per item.
Take into consideration that movers limit their liability for loss or damage to items of extraordinary value, unless those items are listed on the bill of lading. Items which value exceeds $100 per pound are considered extraordinary.
Not understanding the moving paperwork
It is your responsibility to read and understand the bill of lading before you sign it and agree with its provisions.
Your mover is required to provide you a bill of lading for your shipment. The bill of lading is the contract between the mover and you for the transportation of your household items.
Generally, the driver who will load your boxes will give you a copy of the bill of lading. It is recommended to ask for your bill of lading a couple of days in advance, so you can read it and know what to expect on moving day. Movers won’t start working till you sign the moving paperwork.