Ask these 3 Questions Before Hiring that Moving Company

Posted on Monday, October 19th, 2015 at 10:19am.

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Did you know that the Kris Lindahl team offers our clients the free use of a moving truck? Indeed we do and it’s the perfect solution for the DIY mover. If, on the other hand, you’ll be hiring movers, we’ve put together this handy list of some of the questions you should ask moving companies before signing the contract.

1. Ask for their DOT Number

DOT stands for Department of Transportation, the licensing agency for all moving companies. You’ll find a database of DOT numbers on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s website, here. Enter the company’s DOT number to check its license status.

2. Is the company insured?

Sadly, many Minnesota moving companies don’t carry insurance. Crazy, right? You can verify insurance coverage on the same website where you checked its license.

You might also want to call your homeowner’s insurance agent to find out if your policy covers the contents of your home while in transit.

3. Ask for an itemized list of ALL fees

Moving companies are notorious for their hidden fees. What’s sad is that the reputable companies are tarred with the same brush as the lousy companies so you’ll need to ask the tough questions of all of them.

If the company’s representative can’t or won’t give you an itemized list of all of the charges you’ll be expected to pay use another company.

The National Association of REALTORS suggests that you use a mover chosen from the database at American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA). Their ProMover list contains listings of Blaine movers that are licensed and insured, maintain acceptable Better Business Bureau ratings and more.

Oh, by the way, never, ever sign a blank contract from a moving company.


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