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Services, costs and hiring best practices - proven tips for getting great Moving Service

January 2014

When hiring and working with a Mover, every homeowner needs to know: What services does a Mover commonly provide? What is the best way to find good prospects? What should I look for when I interview the Mover? And most importantly, how do I make sure that the Moving Service is done right?

Use the following information to understand your options, make good decisions and get quality work at a fair price.

Mover - FAQ

How do I avoid the scams and get good Moving Service at a fair price?First, decide on ALL product / service options. Compile a list of work and quality requirements (see the next section). Have at least 2 qualified pros complete detailed bids on the work. Use a written contract that ties payment to verifyable results.
What should I expect to pay for Moving Service?Most Moving Service work is quoted at a fixed price, for specific service(s) or deliverables. The underlying hourly rate for a Mover ranges from $11 to $16. Usually, a minimum fee will be charged, which represents 1.5 - 2 hours of effort. In some cases, the quoted job price may be negotiable, particularly if other work is performed by the Mover.
Do I need to use a licensed Mover for my job? If so - how do I verify license status?You should use a licensed Mover for any work that exceeds $500. To check a Mover's license status, search the telephone directory or online for your state's professional license board or department. Contact the licensing authority to check license status and history by the name of the business or individual.
Should I use an insured Mover for my project?Your Mover should carry adequate liability insurance for work related damages. Your Mover should also have workman's compensation insurance for job related injury or health risks.
Does my Mover need to be bonded?A bond is generally not required for Moving Service.

Mover - Services

A Mover can handle a number of jobs, activities and problems. The list below summarizes common Moving Services. Follow the appropriate links below to learn more about cost, options and quality requirements:

Mover - Finding and Hiring

Not every Mover has the same ability. Experience, skills, and sense of acceptable quality vary considerable. To get the results that you expect, it is essential that you put appropriate effort behind finding a Mover matched to the specific requirements of your job - not simply someone that puts you at ease or wins your confidence. Before starting, make sure that you completely understand the work you want the Mover to perform and the job quality you expect. Then, begin the selection process outlined below:

Mover - Important Agreement / Contract Terms

A written agreement greatly improves your odds of success when working with a Mover. Never start work until you have a complete agreement signed by your Mover. For small jobs use a written work order. For larger projects, use a detailed contract. Never feel pressured to use the Mover's standard contract. Make sure the following points are included in the agreement:

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