Welcome back to our blog series on questions to ask your movers (and feel free to check out our previous blog)! It’s important that you get the best deal possible, but it’s even more important that you choose a moving company of the highest caliber. Scott’s Oceana Moving of Virginia Beach can answer any and every one of these questions — feel free to use them when you contact us for a free estimate, or when you ask around! Our movers are here to help, no matter what.
Is your moving company properly licensed?
There are hundreds of moving companies in Virginia Beach alone. However, not all of them operate properly as businesses. When choosing the best moving company for your household, you need to be aware of the multiple moving scams and rogue movers that exist. One step you can take in order to avoid these pitfalls are to make sure the moving company you hire is indeed properly licensed. All legitimate moving companies have at a minimum a state business license and very often those companies will have a U.S Department of Transportation license number as well. These licenses help ensure that your moving company is operating within the state guidelines and regulations for professional movers.
Does your moving company have experience with your specific type of move?
Although moving may seem very straightforward at times, there are a lot of different variations that comes with each move. A 6th-floor apartment move is not the same as a single family home move. With that being said, make sure the moving company you choose has experience with the type of home you need to be moved. This is especially important when researching long distance moving companies in Virginia Beach. Some companies may claim long distance moving services. However, a move to Florida is much different than a move to Maryland. You want to make sure your moving company is indeed capable and experienced in fulfilling the needs of your move.
What kind of liability coverage does your moving company provide?
When moving a household, there is always the chance that some of your furniture or items may be damaged. In these cases, you want to make sure that you have taken the proper steps beforehand to ensure those damages are covered by your Virginia Beach moving company. When it comes to coverages there are two different types that a moving company can potentially offer. The coverage that comes at no cost is referred to as Released Value Protection. This is considered a minimal protection plan that will allow the mover to assume liability for no more than 60 cents per pound per item. Beyond Released Value Protection, there is also Full Value Protection which sometimes may require an additional fee being paid. However, with the additional charge, you, in turn, protect the full value of all furniture and items from potential damages. Other than these two options, you may already be protected to some extent for your move thru your own personal insurances. A conversation with your insurance provider is recommended before scheduling your move with your potential moving companies in Virginia Beach.
How long will it take your Virginia Beach Moving Company to complete your move?
This question is especially important when it comes to deciding between long distance moving companies in Virginia Beach. Often times moving companies will try to give you a broad window of 1 to 2 weeks on when your truck will arrive at your new destination. However, this, in turn, ends up costing you more money from extended hotel stays. Whether it is local or long distance, you need to make sure that the Virginia Beach moving company you choose is able to give you clear, reasonable time frames for your move. Most long distance moves can realistically be executed in a 2 to 3 day period (depending on distance). Don’t allow a moving company to charge you more in extended transit and storage days when there are plenty of quality long distance moving companies from Virginia Beach.
Like we said, our movers are more than happy to answer any and every one of these questions, and we’re pretty confident that you’ll be more than satisfied with our answers. Get in touch with Virginia Beach’s top choice for moving services — call Scott’s Oceana Moving for a free estimate!