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06 June 2016
Hiring Intrastate Movers
Hiring Intrastate Movers

Hiring Intrastate Movers

When you need to do a house move within the state, it’s still going to be quite a big and important experience for everybody that is involved. Choosing the right mover is the first and most vital step in the process of moving. The right mover can ship your items smoothly and within your preferred timeline. However, due to last years’ boom in the industry with house moves, there have been more and more companies emerging on the market, which are neither reliable, nor reputable. In order to protect your move from a rogue mover you need to know exactly what to look out for and what the qualities of a trustworthy mover are. First and foremost, let’s look at the fees in more details. As a whole, an intrastate move (outside of town) will cost you more than a local one, but it’s important to know how the fee is being calculated and what the basis for it is.

Intrastate Moving Fees

There are two ways in which a moving company could charge you for your local or intrastate move – by a flat rate or an hourly rate. The hourly rate usually states a minimum amount of time for which you are hiring the movers and the truck for picking up your goods. There could be additional charges so ask for that too.

The flat rate is based on the amount of goods you need transported, as well as the specific circumstances of the move, also known as accessorial charges. It’s important to understand that the extra charges can be avoided, but the mover will probably not inform you about them. If you want to negotiate any specific conditions surrounding your move, do that before signing the agreement.

There are plenty of dos and don’ts when it comes to hiring a moving company for an intrastate move. Let’s look at the basic ones.

Dos
• Do investigate the moving company and don’t sign anything before you are completely sure this is a legitimate mover
• Do ask whether the company is a broker. A broker company works with a third party, which will actually do your move. This means that you won’t know the mover personally and you have no idea what to expect on the moving day.
• Be aware of the circumstances of your move which can and will be charged. If you can avoid the extra fees, simply try to make the move and the conditions for it easier. Be honest in the very beginning when you are discussing where you live and all the details: parking, street, stairs, elevator, etc.
• Ask for a statement in written form which includes all the charges and rates. Discuss insurance policy and the payment options. Make sure these are stated in the written agreement too.

Don’ts
• Don’t hire a mover who doesn’t provide you with an agreement.
• Don’t hire a mover who only accepts payment in cash.
• Don’t hire a mover if you find the customer service at a poor level and communication is not going well.
• Don’t hire a mover who cannot provide you with references from past clients.
• Don’t hire a mover who doesn’t provide insurance.
• Don’t hire a mover that gives you a suspiciously low initial quote.
• Don’t hire a mover who doesn’t want to pay you a visit and gives you a quote only via a phone call.

If you consider these warnings you should be able to find the right moving company and avoid moving scams.