Interviewing and Choosing the Right Moving Company Naples

by | Jan 12, 2013 | Moving and Relocating

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If you are to have a great moving experience you need to make sure that you choose the right moving company to do the job. Since you are hiring the movers, you need to carry out an interview to make sure that they will meet your needs. One of the first things you will likely have to do is pick up the phone and call a few of them. Here are some questions that you can ask for your own peace of mind.

The first thing you want to find out is if they are registered with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. If they are, then they will likely have a US department of Transportation number that is also known as a USDOT number. A moving company that does not do interstate moving is likely not going to be registered here so you need not worry if they are not registered. What you need to do is simply confirm that they do not make interstate moves.

Secondly, inquire about their rates and if they carry out estimates. The moving company is likely going to have pre-determined rates, which they can tell you over the phone, however, they may have to send an estimator to your home in order to give you an accurate quote for your particular move. Usually, it will be a rate/pound as well as a rate for the distance travelled. If the move is long distance they will likely charge based on the weight of your goods. For short distances, the rate may be calculated by the hour.

Find out if there are any additional fees or costs that may be applicable to your move. If the distance from the curb to the door is long there may be an additional charge, or if the place you are moving to is not easily accessible. You should provide the moving company Naples with information on the stairs involved or elevators so that they can find out about load restrictions and the like. If a truck cannot fit into the access area provided for the move, a shuttle service might be necessary which may also be an additional cost. Charges for these should most definitely be discussed ahead of time to avoid any surprises on the day of the move.

It is important, if you are going for a full service move that you find out how the moving company Naples labels and protects the goods. Most of these companies will provide free wraps to cover and protect your furniture. Also find out what their policy is on preparing household appliance for the move and if there is an appliance service charge expected. Knowing these things beforehand will allow you to make a decision on which moving company to go with.