Is Your Moving Company Licensed & Insured?
According to U.S News & World Report, New Jersey saw a high percentage of outbound moves throughout the pandemic. And while it might be tempting to hire five guys and a van from a flyer or ad, you should always check to see if a moving company is licensed and insured.
How to Check
New Jersey requires all movers to be licensed by the Division of Consumer Affairs. NJ law supplies standards by which moving companies must abide, including minimum insurance coverage, fitness standards, uniform contract requirements, and claims procedures. Regulation of household goods movers helps protect the public.
Additionally, licensed moving companies have mandatory registration of a USDOT number for interstate moves. An interstate USDOT number is a unique identifier that allows the government to monitor and access its compliance, inspections, audits, and crash investigations. And it makes it easy for you to check relevant information on the professional moving company you intend to hire.
Reputable operations will happily supply both numbers on request.
You can call NJ DOT or the New Jersey Warehouse & Movers Association (NJWMA) to obtain updated details of the company you are considering. They can confirm they are licensed and insured and tell you if there are any complaints or unresolved issues against the mover.
Check for Online Presence
Professional licensed moving companies should have a solid record and excellent customer reviews on sites like Yelp, Google, Facebook, and their respective websites. You can also check the Better Business Bureau to see if there have been complaints about conduct or operations.
Verify Business Certifications
Movers also must undergo a thorough background check by the American Trucking Association. They are screened and watched by ATA to ensure they uphold the ATA code of ethics, which includes licensing and insurance coverage. Then are awarded a “Pro Mover” status.
When looking for an ideal licensed moving company, prioritize those that belong to professional associations. Rogue movers may hold your belongings hostage until you pay added fees, or they may also disappear with your goods. If you plan to move, ensure the company you are using is properly licensed and insured.
Getting the right insurance coverage for moving eases the stress of a move by ensuring your belongings are protected. Knowing which movers to avoid significantly narrows your search to the ideal moving companies that meet all insurance and licensing requirements.
Karen Mantzouranis, President, Main Street Movers, and Vice President of NJWMA.
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