Unlicensed Movers

The NJ Warehousemen and Movers Association advises consumers to select a licensed company that comes to your home and prepares an honest estimate. Beware of unlicensed operators offering low estimates, the final charges can be much higher, and you must pay the full charges before they will unload. Trusting everything you own to people you do not know can be risky.

Here are some good tips:

  • Select the right Mover: Get references from people you trust, verify how long companies have been established and check the BBB. Don’t accept prices on-line or over the phone. Visit the mover’s facility if possible. Each mover should give you the required brochures, which one will depend if you are moving local or long distance. You can verify a license on this website listed, go to ‘LINKS’.
  • Get an accurate estimate: Show each estimator everything to be moved and have a list of all the items that you want the mover to pack such as large pictures, mirrors, TV’s and electronics. If you pack any of those items before the move, request a revised estimate. Make sure each estimate has the same articles to be moved written on the mover’s survey.

Can a mover change a written estimate?

Yes, even if it’s binding! A mover can change the price on moving day for services not written in the original cost. Rates include only the services listed in writing on your estimate and moving only the items listed on the mover’s survey. Additional charges may be incurred if delays arise during your move such as waiting time or rearranging furniture. Movers usually require cash or certified funds before unloading. Have additional money available to pay any extra charges.

What is included for loss or damage?

All movers must include the minimum coverage of $.60 per pound per article for no charge, that’s not insurance, it’s their legal liability; since it doesn’t cover most items, consider purchasing additional insurance. Items packed by owner are not covered by insurance or legal liability.