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What to Expect From a Full Service Mover

When it comes to moving, the term “movers” is usually associated with big muscular men in a truck hauling boxes and furniture. However, there is much more to movers than that. They are skilled professionals who know how to pack and move your belongings, as well as prevent damage during the process. They are experienced in dealing with the challenges of navigating narrow, one-way streets and high population density, and they know how to get your items from point A to point B as quickly as possible.

Most full service movers Texas offer a variety of services to meet the needs of their clients, including local, long distance and international moves. Some provide specialty packing and crating for valuable or fragile items. Some also offer storage services, both temporary during the move and for the long term.

They may charge extra to carry your items up stairs or if they have to use the elevator. This is understandable because carrying heavy items up and down flights of stairs is hard work and can result in a serious back injury. They may also charge to disassemble and reassemble large pieces such as furniture or entertainment centers. This is to cover the costs of the additional labor involved and protect your furniture from getting damaged in transit.

If there are any damage claims, it is best to notify the company in writing as soon as possible. In some cases, the movers will agree to settle the claim, while others will deny it or only offer a partial settlement. If you are not satisfied with the resolution, you can file a complaint in Small Claims Court.

Local movers specialize in residential relocations within the same state or a few hundred miles. They are familiar with the traffic, parking regulations and other unique issues in the area, making them a better choice for your local move than an out-of-town mover.

Long distance movers specialize in moves that span multiple states or even the entire country. They are familiar with the ins and outs of interstate commerce, including customs clearance, and they can help you navigate these complexities. They can also handle international moves, though they are more costly than a local move.

Most movers offer insurance to cover their clients’ belongings during the move. This is generally offered in the form of full value or released value coverage. Full value coverage is more expensive, but it offers greater protection in the event of loss or damage. Released value coverage is less expensive, but it only covers 60 cents per pound of your items for up to 30 days after the move.

Some movers will only accept payment in cash or certified checks, while others will only take credit cards or online payments. Be sure to discuss this with the movers before hiring them. If you are paying in cash, be sure to get a receipt. This will help you if you need to dispute any charges later on.