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3 Questions To Ask Your Moving Company

by Virgil Hopkins

When planning an interstate move, you want to make sure that your items arrive safe and sound at your new home. Since you might not be able to supervise the packing process, asking the right questions before you hire a moving company can help you feel a bit more at ease about your move. Here are three questions to ask your interstate moving company to ensure your items will be packed and delivered safely.

What Special Precautions Do You Take With Furniture?

Not all pieces of furniture are created equal, so your moving company shouldn't take a one-size-fits-all approach to packing your furniture. Ask about any special steps or precautions the moving company takes to keep your furnishings safe during a long move. The company should be able to provide some of the following:

  • Special packages or cartons for lamps and lamp shades
  • Plastic wrap to protect leather or suede upholstery
  • Pads and secure wrap for wood furniture

The goal of your moving company should be to deliver your furniture in the same shape it was found in, so make sure the company will take all the necessary precautions to protect your items. The last thing you want to have to do after a move is to shop for new furniture.

Do You Have A Certificate Of Insurance?

Your moving company should be insured, and requesting to see the certificate of insurance is one way to make sure that the company is covered for any damage caused to your items or to your home. In some cases, your homeowner's association or your landlord may request to see your moving company's certificate of insurance before you move. You should also inquire about the company's policy for replacing any personal items that are lost, stolen or damaged during your move.

When Will My Items Arrive At My New Home?

With local moves, you can be assured that your move will be completed in one day. With interstate moves, your items have to travel a greater distance, and the driver might run into traffic issues or hazardous driving conditions. Your moving company should be able to provide you with an estimate about when you can expect your items. Some companies offer online tracking so you can get real-time information about where the moving truck is at any point in time.

Take your time when interviewing interstate moving companies, and be sure you feel comfortable with the staff, the pricing and the process. Once you find the right moving company, you can begin to prepare for your exciting move to a new area. If you're looking for a moving company in your area, visit M Dyer & Sons Inc.