Broker: Companies that arrange for the truck transportation of the items of others, utilizing for hire companies to provide the actual truck transportation. A broker does not have responsibility for the belongings.
Carrier: The mover in charge of transporting the goods. In long distance moves, your carrier will probably have a very large truck, that could carry many other people’s items along with yours. For local moving your carrier will likely have small trucks designed for local moving.
Truck for hire: A trucking company that is paid to transport cargo belonging to others. These trucks can be very big, and sometimes can be very difficult to maneuver in residential neighborhoods.
Order For Service: A list of all the services the mover will perform, and the rates for those services, and shows the dates your household goods will be picked up and delivered. Read this carefully so you know exactly the movers duties during the move.
Warehouse Handling: A charge that compensates the mover for the physical placement and removal of items within a warehouse. Often you are not ready to move into your new house and your furniture needs to be stored. Remember the more times your furniture is handled, the more likely it is there will be damage.
Advanced Charges: Charges for services performed by someone other than the mover. Usually a third party service is paid by the mover. Most line haul drivers are equipped with tools to handle many situations with your move.
Bill of Lading: A contract between you and the mover and a receipt of your belongings. Go over this carefully with your moving representative, know the terms of the contract.
Other Moving Tips
Tariff: A list of rates, rules, regulations, and available services. Each moving company publishes its own tariffs and these must be provided to you upon request.
Packing for a long distance move is a little different than packing for a local move. Long distance moving usually requires much more thorough and complete packing processes compared to local moving.
For all types moving there are two main packing goals. First is to get small items into cartons or boxes. The additional goal is to provide extra protection for fragile or breakable items.
In addition, if you use a moving company for long distance moving, you may not be the only customer whose items are in the moving truck. It is important that you write you name and any other identifying info on the side of each carton. Also you should create an inventory of all your boxes whether the moving company creates their own or not. For local moving, normally you are the only customer on and off the truck on the same day, so labeling isn’t as vital.
Once you feel like hiring a mover service for your approaching move, it is expected that you can get a bit frustrated. With lots of moving services to pick from whats the best place to begin? First we should start with what type of moving services that you may require. They can include:
- In-State Moving Companies
- Piano Moving
- State Movers
- Nationwide Movers
- Next-Door Relocation Services
- Packing and Unpacking Movers
- Apartment Services
At first I started looking for actual movers in the city I was moving from but could not really get a hold of any. When I typed in movers and they city into google I came across a couple websites that took down my move criteria and had the movers contact me. Best choice movers were by far a great way to get a hold of moving companies.
When it is about that time to find local movers, the research you do is important. Today, the internet can provide many helpful tools and info that can allow you to locate a reputable mover quickly. There are many sites and organizations that you can cross reference movers such as the Better Business Bureau and Yelp that can help you narrow down your search to a few reputable movers. Your movers in California should also be apart of the CMSA (California Moving & Storage Association). Movers that belong to the BBB and movers that belong to any state moving associations can be the best choice. The reason is because member movers value their reputations within these associations. You will rarely find bad movers or rogue movers that are affiliated with consumer or moving associations, because over time they would be exposed.