When moving across state lines, this is referred to as interstate moving. Moving is stressful enough with packing boxes and finding your way through the move but interstate moving involves more. One important thing to know is that we now have requirements that interstate moving companies must follow. When moving across state lines each state has their own guidelines. Moving companies that move households in one state to another are regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and are required legally to do the following:
? Display their U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) number in any advertising. Their DOT number is the identifier of the company the truck belongs too that collects and monitors the moving company safety information that has been acquired during an audit, crash investigations, compliance reviews, and inspections.
? Obtain licensing by the FMCSA
? Provide arbitration in case a customer’s complaint can’t be amicably resolved. The FMCSA does not have the authority to solve any claims against interstate moving companies but if there is a problem the client can file a complaint against the company by calling FMSCA
? The homeowners must receive a brochure entitled Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move so that they are informed before the move is started .
? Allow the homeowners to examine the list of charges and rates
? Furnish the customer an accurate summary of how complaint handling procedures, which includes a phone number
Interstate moving service companies charge their customers a rate that is predicated on what they will be moving so to make it less expensive try to get rid of stuff you do not need before contacting a moving company. If this is the first time that you have moved, do not hire the initial company that you see on the web or in the phone book. You need to get quotes from at the very least three different companies. You need to check their reputation, and how reliable they are.
When interviewing moving companies personally or over the phone you should ask the following questions.
? How long have they been in business as a company
? Make sure that they will have the proper license and they are insured
? You should determine should they have a DOT number properly placed.
? Does the business sub-contract their workout to other moving services, If you opt to hire the company you are interviewing you do not want to find out another moving company you understand nothing about is moving your household belongings.
? Does the moving company take the extra precautions to safeguard fragile items from being damaged through the move
? Do they offer an option to purchase insurance to cover any damage to your household items beyond a preset amount?