Boston moving companies provide a variety of services for a range of fees. It is a good idea to talk with different movers to compare their services. To find out who the best movers are in your area, begin by asking friends about their experiences with the movers they have used. You can also check with the Better Business Bureau or other consumer organizations in your local area.
When selecting a mover, it is encouraged that consumers choose a moving company that is fully licensed and insured. All moving companies in Massachusetts must be approved and licensed by the Department Of Public Utility, Transportation Oversight Division, or MDPU. All interstate carriers must be licensed by the United States Department Of Transportation (USDOT) and recognized by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
Once you have compiled a list of movers, inform them of the destination and timing of your move. Ask them about the types of services they offer. Also ask them to explain their estimates in detail and to give you a copy. Then carefully compare to see which mover best suits your needs and budget.
If you are moving interstate, you should read and understand all of the information you will receive. In addition to brochures explaining their various services, moving companies should give you a copy of a consumer booklet entitled Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move and information regarding the mover’s participation in a Dispute Settlement Program. Distribution of the consumer booklet and the requirement that movers offer shippers neutral arbitration as a means of settling disputes that may arise concerning loss or damage on household goods shipments are requirements of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
It is important to try to make arrangements for your move well in advance, at least four to six weeks before the moving date. If you did wait until the last minute, Big City Moving Company can help you deal with a last-minute move.
When you choose your mover, be sure you understand:
• The rates and charges that will apply
• The movers’ liability for your belongings
• How pickup and delivery will work
• What claims protection you have