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Making mistakes when moving isn't just annoying -- it can be downright PAINFUL.

 

So please heed these common mistakes that people make when choosing movers.

 

Failing to disclose everything to the moving company

Maybe your apartment is on the fourth floor of a building with no elevator; maybe you actually DO want to move that metal shelving unit in the basement; maybe the street your

new home is on is just a wee bit too small for the moving van.

 

None of these obstacles is insurmountable, but they WILL make your move more expensive; if you don't tell the mover about them during the estimate, you will be charged for it later.

 

Choosing an unlicensed, uninsured moving company.

Moving companies need to be licensed, and they need to be insured.

 

If you're making a move in-state, your state government regulates your movers.  Check out our link to the Indiana Better Business Bureau and the Indiana Household Movers and Warehouseman Association for more information.

 

If you're moving to another state, the federal government has jurisdiction specifically, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration of the Department of Transportation. Go to Protect Your Move to check up on the moving company's licensing, insurance and its complaint history.

 

Choosing a mover that Lowballs

We can't say this enough: do not not not choose the moving company that has a dramatically lower quote. That's the No. 1 way to get scammed. Do you really think someone who comes in 25 percent to 40 percent below other movers has such lower costs?

 

Nope

 

Here's how it goes: You get the low estimate now, and all of a sudden extra charges start piling up until you're at or above the estimates you got from the other movers. Worse yet, a rogue mover holds your goods hostage until he gets his money.

 

When you’re moving, and where you're moving - and how far you're moving – will also dictate the way you're charged for your move.

 

Also, your move will be governed by different entities: if moving in-state, your own state has jurisdiction; between states, it's the federal government.  This will determine how you check on the registration of your mover, as well as how any damage claims are handled.