Whether you are moving across town or the country — moving can be a daunting process. But it doesn’t have to be. Finding a professional mover like ours at Florida’s Best Moving can ease some of the stress and hassle, but before signing any contract, there are questions that you need to ask to ensure that you fully understand the costs involved with the move.
When you are getting moving quotes and estimates, make sure to ask these questions:
Are You Properly Licensed?
Always ask if a moving company that you are considering is properly licensed. Moving companies that move between states should have a license number from the United States Department of Transportation. Local moving companies are regulated by the home state.
In Florida, local movers are required to be on file with regional travel authorities. If your mover does not have a license, beware. Sadly, there are many companies out there that scam movers.
When choosing Florida’s Best Moving, you can rest assured that we are fully licensed and insured to help you move within the state of Florida or out of state.
Florida’s Best offers in-house moving estimates so we can ensure that everything is accounted for in your quote. Need to move something heavy or store some items? We do that too! Contact us to schedule an in-home estimate today!
What Services are an Additional Fee?
No one enjoys unexpected costs—especially when moving! A big mistake that many people make is assuming that everything that you need for moving day is included in the moving estimate.
To avoid this, look over every line of the estimate to ensure that you know what precisely is included and to determine that your specific requirements are covered. If there are additional services that you will need, such as packing and unpacking, or moving heavy objects like a piano, make sure to ask what that additional fee will be before your things are going on the truck.
What is the Valuation of My Items?
Accidental damage can sometimes happen during a move, regardless of how careful your movers are. Valuation helps cover the cost of repairing or replacing damaged belongings.
The majority of professional moving companies provide various levels of valuation for your move with the lowest cost valuation paying a flat rate per pound of your broken items.
To ensure that your possessions are adequately covered, it is wise to get in touch with your insurance agent to ask if your items can be protected throughout the move under your homeowner’s insurance.
Don’t worry. We’ll take the best care of your belongings. We’re family-owned and know how important all of your things are to you. We treat every client like family.
Is this a Binding or Non-Binding Estimate?
We recommend having an in-person or video estimate done so that your movers can determine how much they need to move, how many boxes they will need, and how heavy the load will be.
If you get a binding estimate, it should include all the costs for the move and make certain that your rate does not go over the quoted price. If it is not something that you have discussed with your moving company, ask them if it is binding or non-binding so you know what to expect.
How Does Payment Work?
It is necessary to know when payment is required and how much and when you need to put down a deposit. It is not uncommon for professional moving companies to require a portion of the invoice to be paid upfront with the rest due as soon as the job is completed. Make sure you know when payment is due.
Some companies will accept a credit card, but many require checks or cash. If you are paying by check, ensure that you know if they need a cashier’s check or if a personal check will be fine.
The last thing that you need during moving day is a hasty trip to the bank!
Other Important Questions to Ask Your Moving Company:
- How long will the move take?
- What is the driver’s contact information?
- Do you subcontract your moves?
- Are there any additional moving supplies will I be paying for?
- Do you have a cancellation policy?
- Are there any restrictions on what I pack?
- Will you pack specialty items?
- When will my items be delivered?
Move with Florida’s Best
No need to keep searching for a reputable and trustworthy moving company—you have already found it! Florida’s Best Moving and Storage is licensed and insured to help you move to your new home whether it is in the Sunshine State or another state.
Move with confidence! Call Florida’s Best Moving—813-485-6580 or fill out the quote form below.