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Moving Contractor

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

January 2014

When hiring and working with a Moving Contractor, every homeowner needs to know: What services does a Moving Contractor commonly provide? What is the best way to find good prospects? What should I look for when I interview the Moving Contractor? 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.

Moving Contractor - FAQ

How do I avoid the scams and get good Moving Service at a fair price?Find a Moving Contractor that (i) has recently provided good work to someone you trust and (ii) passes a background services screening test. Compile a COMPLETE, detailed list of work and quality requirements (see the next section). Have the Moving Contractor prepare a "not to exceed" estimate. Agree on the final price, sign a complete written agreement (see below) before any work begins. Download the Moving Contractor Hiring Guide for step-by-step details.
What should I expect to pay for Moving Service?Most Moving Service will be performed on a "time and material" basis. The "time" charge should be quoted on a per hour basis before work begins. The typical hourly rate for a Moving Contractor ranges from $27 to $41. The total hourly charge is commonly rounded up to the next full hour.
Do I need to use a licensed Moving Contractor for my job? If so - how do I verify license status?You should use a licensed Moving Contractor for any work that exceeds $500. To check a Moving Contractor'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 Moving Contractor for my project?Your Moving Contractor should carry adequate liability insurance for work related damages. Your Moving Contractor should also have workman's compensation insurance for job related injury or health risks.
Does my Moving Contractor need to be bonded?A bond is generally not required for Moving Service.

Moving Contractor - Services

A Moving Contractor 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:

Moving Contractor - Finding and Hiring

Not every Moving Contractor 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 Moving Contractor 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 Moving Contractor to perform and the job quality you expect. Then, begin the selection process outlined below:

Moving Contractor - Important Agreement / Contract Terms

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

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Moving Contractor Hiring Guide

How to hire a Moving Contractor

Use this notebook ready hiring guide to:

  • Find & hire great help
  • Get fair, complete bids
  • Get quality work
  • Make a strong contract

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