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Knowing Moving Labor Regulations Can Keep You and Your Property Safe


by: Laura Horwitz
01 Dec 2010

Hiring a moving company is an important decision. While it may be tempting to save money by hiring unregulated labor, that can end up costing you big time in the end. How can you tell if you're hiring the right moving company?

Any quality mover should visit your house to give you an official written estimate. This is particularly important if you're moving furniture or other bulky items. Once you get that estimate, the mover is required by law to complete the move for no more than 10 percent above the estimated price.

After getting estimates from several companies, do your research to make sure the mover has the proper insurance and license. You can check the U.S. Department of Transportation or the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for companies that handle moves between states, or check with your own state government or state attorney general if you are moving within the same state. Make sure the moving company you hire will be doing the move themselves, not sub-contracting it out.

Finally, talk to the movers you've chosen to find out what their responsibilities are if there are any damages. Ask them if they have a dispute settlement program. Moving labor regulations set certain standards all companies should follow.

The Dangers of Unregulated Labor

So-called "rogue" movers typically start by giving you very low estimates over the phone or online without ever visiting your home. Then, once they have everything you own loaded onto a truck, they may demand huge fees before they'll give it back. Here are some red flags to help you spot unregulated labor:

  • The moving company doesn't visit your home to give you an estimate
  • They demand a large deposit before the move
  • Your mover doesn't give you the booklet "Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move" (if you're moving between states).
  • An unmarked or rental truck arrives on the day of the move rather than one labeled with the company name

Reduce Moving Stress

Moving is a stressful experience for many adults. You may be surprised to learn that most moving stress doesn't come from the hassle of the move itself. Instead, it comes from the emotions associated with giving up a place where you feel secure for a new unknown location.

While dealing with all this moving stress, the last thing you need is to worry about your belongings or have your moving company flake out on you. Hiring professional moving labor can take your mind of your belongings and allow you to focus on your transition.

Sources:
How to Protect Your Move • http://www.protectyourmove.govhttp://www.protectyourmove.gov/consumer/consumer.htm • Federal Motor Carrier Safety AdministrationTim Walker • How to Find a Reputable Moving Company • http://www.movingscam.comhttp://www.movingscam.com/findmover.shtml • Moving ScamDr. Scott Sindelar • Do you want to increase your stress? Try moving. • http://www.fearfreeselling.comhttp://www.fearfreeselling.com/Moving%20Stress.htm • Fear-Free Selling