Ask all Edmonton movers for references. Also, be sure to understand the coverage for loss or damage of your shipment. All licensed movers must provide liability for the value of goods they transport. There are different levels of liability that you need to be aware of. You need to understand the amount of protection provided and the additional charges that may apply.
Contact your local Edmonton department of consumer affairs and ask if there are any complaints registered about the movers you are considering. If the move is within your state, request the same information from your states transportation department and public utilities commission. Keep in mind that there are usually two sides to every story. A pattern of many complaints, however, is not a good sign.
To check the reliability of the Edmonton moving company you can contact the local Better Business Bureau (BBB) to inquire about the company’s complaint record and how these complaints were resolved. Ask your friends, family and neighbours for recommendations and advice on Edmonton movers.
Check for the DOT license number. All movers are required to be licensed however interstate movers are required to meet two additional criteria, 1. Publish their tariffs or price list and make it available to anybody who requests a copy. 2. Participate in a dispute settlement program and to offer neutral arbitration in the event a dispute arises. A dispute may arise in the event loss or damage happens to a shipment while in the hands of the mover.
Ask the right questions, such as:
- Does your company subcontract its moving services?
- Which subcontractors could be used to move my home?
- Will the contents of my home be on one truck the entire time?
What services are not listed on this bid, and what do you charge for them? What training do your movers and/or packers receive (especially for packing and moving fragile items)?
Decide in advance which goods will be shipped and which will be sold or given away. Then consider what you would like the mover to pack and what other type of additional services you may want. Remember that packing is always a separate bid from moving. An estimator should come to your home to create a bid. Moves that are 50 miles or less are usually priced by the hour. For long distance moves, estimates are based on weight, usually per 100 pounds.
Contact the movers you are considering for the job and ask for an estimate. Get involved in the estimating process and try to meet with the relocation consultant to survey your home and prepare a written estimate. Ask each prospective mover how long his or her estimate is valid for and question whether the estimate is binding or non-binding. Never accept an estimate over the phone and do not consider using a company that offers you this service.
To get your moving plans started, talk to your local Edmonton area mover today. Inform the mover of unusual factors of the move, on either end, so that your estimate can be most accurate. Make the mover aware of any problems that they may encounter at the delivery such as road access, parking problems, delivery time restrictions, street accessibility or if there are any stairs or elevators involved. The cost of your move could increase for any such occurrences. Try to reserve a “parking space” for the moving van if your new home is on a congested street. If the moving crew has to carry your load more than 75 feet from the moving van to your door you may be charged for excessive distance. Some neighbourhoods may prohibit trucks over a certain weight.
The driver will offload your possessions into a smaller vehicle and the charge for that could be quite high. Advise the relocation consultant if you anticipate this situation arising. In addition, advise the consultant if you are moving to a high-rise building where an elevator reservation is required. This can cause problems for the delivery schedule if the mover does not know about this in advance and additional charges would likely apply.