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5 Questions to Ask Your Ann Arbor Mover

Are you moving soon? You need to ask your potential Ann Arbor mover some essential questions before you make your move.

You need a trustworthy service with the experience to do the job right.

How can you pick the right company from all the available choices? Here are five questions to ask that will narrow down your options.

1. How Long Have You Been In Business?

Choosing an experienced moving company is essential for a smooth, efficient move.

A moving company with 10 or more years in the business is more experienced, capable, and will know how to handle any unexpected glitches. You should not base your decision only on how long the company has been in business, but years in operation is usually a good indicator of the company.

All moves are unique and special. The moving company you select should have experience in handling moves that are similar to yours.

2. Are You Licensed?

Ensure that the moving company is government licensed. Every professional interstate moving company should have a license number from the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT).

On the other hand, local moving companies that move only within one state, or intrastate movers, are regulated by that given state and not the U.S. Transportation Department. So, if you’re dealing with a local mover, you should ask for a state license. All states are unique and have their own set of regulations and requirements for a moving license.

3. What Type of Moving Valuation Do You Offer?

Your Ann Arbor mover must be covered.

Ask your mover to review their valuation options with you. There are two kinds of common valuation offered by moving companies.

  • Released-value protection: This protection is usually standard and offers minimum protection as the mover assumes no more liability than 60 cents per pound.
  • Full-value protection: Under this type of protection, your mover is responsible for the replacement value of any lost or damaged goods in your whole shipment. The full cost option varies from mover to mover.

You may not need added valuation if your homeowner’s policy already covers your items during the move. Confirming this with the mover is always best.

4. Do You Own and Operate Your Own Equipment and Employ Your Own Moving Crews?

Confirm that your moving company has its own equipment and employs its own professional moving crews. If the moving company does not have its own crews and equipment, you are dealing with a moving broker. Moving brokers are essentially sales teams that book your move and then sell it to an actual moving company for a profit. Be sure you are working with an actual moving company.

5. Are Your Crews Screened and Trained?

Make sure that your potential moving company professional crew members are screened, drug tested, and trained, to ensure your move is handled professionally and efficiently. Confirm that their crews have in-depth training so that they have tools of the trade to protect your items, before entering your home.

Your Ann Arbor Mover

Whoever you end up choosing, make sure you ask them these five key questions.

Contact us at Corrigan Moving, and we will walk you through our experience, pricing, licenses and expertise on request.

You will be able to get packing and enjoy your new home in no time at all.

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