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Need Help Moving? Be Careful When Choosing Moving Labor

by: Roger Diez
01 Dec 2010

Moving is hard work. Lifting furniture, carrying boxes, and all the other tasks involved in packing and hauling your household amounts to hard labor. If you are moving on a budget and can't afford to contract with a professional moving company, you may want to enlist some help for the tedious packing and the heavy moving. Bringing any old job-seeking strangers to your house probably isn't a good idea, but how do you find reasonable, reliable, trustworthy moving labor? What are the pitfalls to avoid?

Paid or Unpaid Moving Labor?

You can enlist your friends or neighbors and pay them in beer and barbecue, or you can use paid labor. If you do use acquaintances, make sure you are aware of potential liability in case of accident or injury. Check your homeowners' policy to see if you are covered. For paid labor, you can go to a temporary employment agency for help, or you can hire people from a moving labor service who actually know what they are doing. These are people who are trained in proper packing methods and have the right equipment and know-how to move heavy furniture.

Who Can I Trust for Reliable Moving Labor?

You must make sure that any paid moving labor you use has insurance, and is properly bonded and licensed. Unfortunately, there are some scams and shady operators to be avoided. One way to make sure you are hiring a reputable company is to make sure it is certified by an organization such as the Association of American Moving Labor (AOAML) or the American Moving Labor Professionals Association (AMLPA). Both of these organizations set standards and police their members to ensure proper insurance and licensing compliance.

What Details Should I Know About Hiring Moving Labor?

Most companies that provide moving labor charge an hourly rate per laborer, with a minimum number of hours. They also provide equipment, such as appliance dollies, that may be needed. They carry worker's compensation insurance in case of injury or accident, relieving you of the liability, and they are usually much cheaper than full-service professional moving companies because they don't have to operate and insure large moving vans. You rent the truck; they pack your belongings and load them for you.

So, if getting ready for your move seems like an overwhelming task, relieve that moving stress by calling a moving labor provider in your area.


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