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Tips: Before Hiring a Moving Company

Toms River, NJ May 14, 2018 - The New Jersey Warehousemen and Movers Association (NJWMA) advises consumers to select a licensed company that will come to your home and prepare a written estimate. Beware of unlicensed operators offering low rates, they may not be properly insured. Final charges can be much higher; and you will be forced to pay all their charges. Trusting everything you own to people you do not know can be risky.
 
Selecting a Mover: Verify they have a current license and how many years in business; check unbiased sources like the BBB. Don’t accept prices on-line or by phone. Visit the mover's facility if possible. Each mover should give you required moving brochures, depending if you are moving local or long distance. You can verify a license at our website listed below, go to ‘Accreditations’’. 
 
Get an accurate estimate:  Get 3 estimates.Show the estimator everything to be moved and have a list of all the items that you want the mover to pack such as large pictures, mirrors, TV’s and electronics. If you do pack any of those items before the move, request a revised estimate. Make sure each estimate has the same articles to be moved written on the mover’s survey. 
 
Can movers change a Binding estimate?  Yes! A mover can change the price on moving day for services not written in the original cost. Cost includes only the services and items listed in writing on the binding estimate. Additional charges may be incurred for added services such as waiting time, rearranging furniture or packing. Movers usually require cash or certified funds before unloading. Have additional money available to pay any extra charges. 
 
What is included for loss or damage?   All movers only include the minimum coverage of $1.00 per pound per article for no charge, that’s not insurance, it’s their legal liability; since it doesn’t cover most items, consider purchasing additional insurance. Items packed by owner are not covered by insurance or legal liability.
 
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The New Jersey Warehousemen and Movers Association was established in 1969 to provide education and training for movers and to assist consumer protection. All members of the NJWMA are licensed and agree to our Code of Ethics. Visit our website at www.njmovers.com or call us at (732) 341-3934

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