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Moving, whether it be cross country or across the street, is a big commitment. It requires time, money, and research. You have to decide where to live, what to bring with you, when to move, and who to reach out to for moving help.
One of the biggest mistakes you can make in your move is to skip past the important research and decision-making process of hiring the right mover.
You can often find moving help from friends, family, and even ads on Craigslist, but a licensed moving company guarantees the quality, professionalism, and insurance that these other sources do not. In fact, there are moving scams and extortion situations you can avoid when working with a licensed moving company.
One of the most beneficial aspects of hiring a licensed moving company is that you can confidently rely on them to safely transport your possessions. The right equipment, licenses, and insurance are guaranteed. It also provides more confidence in the legitimacy of the business. Hiring a licensed moving company could potentially mean avoiding a scam. Could you imagine hiring a company to move your possessions to later find out that each and every single item you own has been stolen? Or can you imagine your “steal of a deal” moving company simply not showing up on moving day?
A licensed, reputable moving company guarantees that the business is legitimate, and that your items will be legally protected.
For example, licensed moving companies are liable for any damages that occur during a move, up to $1 per pound per item. In addition, licensed moving businesses have a U.S. DOT registration, a license to operate commercial vehicles such as the large vans that are typically used to execute moves. If a move is completed within the State of NJ a mover must have a moving license issued from the state of NJ. That license number starts with PM (licensed to offer moving services) or PC (licensed to offer both moving and storage services). You can check if a mover is licensed to perform your NJ move by checking here https://newjersey.mylicense.com/verification/Search.aspx?facility=Y In the drop down select Public Movers & Warehouseman.
Licensed moving companies are also required to have cargo liability insurance, workers’ compensation insurance, and proof of vehicle registration and insurance. The mover’s license number must even be displayed on their moving vehicle.
Overall, a licensed moving company provides added security that you can trust them with your move. You’ll avoid faulty equipment and sub-par experience, and if you do run into any issues, their license provides a sure-way to track them down and negotiate a satisfactory result.
It’s apparent that a licensed mover has the licenses and insurance necessary for a successful, safe move. However, you may still be tempted to hire an unlicensed mover — they’re often advertised at a cheaper price. Understandably, many movers assume they won’t need the extra insurances and certifications that come with hiring a licensed mover.
The risk here, though, is that unlicensed movers bring some inherent dangers:
Now that you know what red flags to look out for when hiring a moving company, here are some other benefits of hiring a reputable, licensed moving company like All Jersey Moving & Storage.
In addition to hiring a licensed mover, there are some other things you can do to minimize risk during the moving process:
We are often astonished at the news stories we read about unlicensed movers — from theft to extortion, we’ve seen families taken advantage of completely.
The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs recently conducted a sting on unlicensed movers. This is because they were receiving more than a hundred complaints each year from people who were being taken advantage of.
As mentioned earlier, some companies were holding possessions hostage. They would transport truckloads of possessions as agreed, but not deliver or hand them over to the family the items belonged to until they paid another $1,000 to $5,000.
Other risks the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs reported includes hazardous equipment, including moving vans that break down on the road.
NJTV News interviewed Acting Consumer Affairs Director Paul Rodriguez, who said, “Other things that we’ll see are, unfortunately, sometimes tragically, there are accidents with the moving vehicles themselves. If they’re unlicensed, they’re much less likely to have the adequate insurance. And if all of your goods are sadly destroyed and there’s not adequate insurance to pay for it, then you may never be able to get the money back. The other thing, unfortunately, that we’ll see is particularly with the unlicensed movers is they might just disappear with your goods — never see them again. If they’re licensed with us, we have their name, we have their address, we can go after them. Otherwise it can be a real challenge to find them.”
These moving scams are much more avoidable or manageable when working with a licensed moving company. Like Rodriguez said, a licensed company can be tracked down and worked with, even if they also attempt to act unethically.
We know how daunting it is to be in charge of safely moving your belongings. Rest assured that there are reputable moving companies you can trust, such as All Jersey Moving & Storage.
We’ve been in business since 1992, helping families and businesses safely move their possessions. We’re licensed, insured, and take care of your move as if it was our own.
Here are some of the perks of using All Jersey Moving & Storage for your move:
Moving doesn’t have to be a nightmare. One of the best things you can do for a successful move is hire the right professional moving company. Avoid impossible scams, awful extortion, and dishonest businesses in the moving industry. Trust All Jersey Moving & Storage to get the job done right.
We’ll relocate you and your family safely and on schedule with no hidden surprises. Recommended by Angie’s List and countless professionals and families, we’d be happy to help you with your move too.
Contact us today to see how we can help you, not only with peace of mind, but with a satisfactory move.