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Licensed or Not and Why It Matters

Licensed or Not and Why It Matters

Licensed or Not and Why It Matters

There are many moving companies to choose from, but you need to know what to look for before deciding. The most apparent factor to everyone is price. Everyone wants a reasonable price and some like the lowest price. The cost should be the last thing you compare when moving your life’s possessions. Your first factor in deciding which mover you should use is whether the mover is licensed in the state you are hiring him from.

Most states require movers to have a movers license to be able to protect you from consumer fraud and or a bad experience. This license requires moving companies to provide the state with comprehensive contact information for all company owners. Anyone who has been convicted of a felony will not be able to obtain a license or could have their license revoked. They must also list all active complaints against them as well as the resolution to each. Proof of adequate insurance covering employees as well as liability for cargo must be provided. All this information is turned into consumer affairs. 

Employees must go through in-depth background checks, and all vehicles must be registered, insured and inspected, with proof of such for all commercial vehicles. Recently, the state of NJ Consumer Affairs fined 26 unlicensed movers that were nabbed in a sting called “Operation Mother’s Attic.” This is just one of many operations run by the state to control unlicensed movers. Unlicensed movers can and will offer services at a much lower cost because they do not have the overhead and insurance required by law. When you are not insured, hire illegal and untrained employees, and do not use state-of-the-art equipment, you can offer your services at a much lower cost.

People collect valuable items passed down from one generation to the next throughout their life, as well as purchase finer goods along the way. You are taking a significant risk with your valuable possessions by hiring an unlicensed mover. Saving money is not something you should be looking to do with items that cannot be replaced if damaged or lost. 

Instead of looking for the lowest price, you should be looking for a reputable licensed mover who can add value to your move. A good mover will provide you with directions on how to pack your belonging for optimal space and ease of moving, saving time and money. They will also work closely with you and your family to make sure everyone is happy with how their personal items ship safely. If your items need to be stored for a short period of time, they may include that in the price instead of charging extra. These types of items can save hundreds if not thousands of dollars, but your possessions will be safe and delivered to the new location without incident.

Protect your property by hiring a licensed, compassionate mover who will work with you and your family to make your moving experience the best it could be. Call NJWMA office and ask for Tracy for a licensed moving company in your area 732-341-3934.

Blog submission: Godwin Dzantah, NJWMA Board of Director

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