What to look for in a moving contract?

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After finding a good discount moving Ottawa and after agreeing on the price and everything else, you are going to have to sign a contract. And that is something that a lot of people don’t think about much but rather just sign it. But it is important to carefully read the contract. If you want a safe relocation it is important to go through the contract and make sure that everything is good. Because it protects you from moving scams and defines the terms of relocation. It ensures that you and your movers are on the same page regarding the move. So go through the contract and make sure that everything that you planned with and agreed on with your movers is in it. Here are some things to look out for in a moving contract before signing it to avoid problems and misunderstandings.

Moving estimate

A professional moving company is going to give you a moving estimate. You need to stay away from companies that don’t offer moving estimates. A reliable and good company is going to give you a precise estimate without any hidden costs.

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Make sure that you get a moving estimate from your movers before signing anything

There are two kinds of moving estimates. Binding and non-binding one. A binding moving estimate guarantees the price they gave you for the move if you don’t make any changes afterward. While the non-binding estimate is susceptible to change depending on things like the weight of your things or additional services like if you want to get packing services Ottawa too. You should ask for an on-site survey of your home and then for an estimate. Getting one over the phone is not realistic and a good mover will never do it.

Here are a few more things to check after they give you an estimate:

  • Do they offer all the moving services you are going to need
  • How much are they charging for all the additional services you may need
  • What kind of things would incur extra costs

Before signing a moving contract make sure that your movers are insured and licensed

It is very important that you check are your movers licensed and insured before signing a contract with them. This is important because you are going to be handing over all your belongings to them. And they are going to be responsible for any damage to your things during the move. That is why it is important that they are insured so that they can be held accountable. And if you are planning to use your mover’s storage facilities Ottawa you need to make sure that you are leaving your things in a safe location.

Check all the details before signing a moving contract

While you are probably hiring professional movers and have nothing to worry about. It is still recommended to go over the moving contract and check all the details. Both to make sure that everything is as you agreed with the movers, and to check for any errors which need to be corrected.

First of all, you want to check names and addresses. You need to check the company’s physical address. If the address is sketchy or the company is suspicious when it comes to addressing, that is a big red flag. Also, your address and the address you are moving to should be on the contract too. A moving contract must also include details about the timing of your move. Everything from when the movers show up to when they are going to be delivered to your new home. And it is important to double-check dates and timings.

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It would be good to go through all the details one last time before signing a moving contract

You should go over the company’s website and social media

Professional movers are going to have a good and user-friendly website with detailed information. With everything from what services they offer to customer reviews and even moving tips. Nowadays most reputable companies also have a social media presence. So it would be smart to check them out there too and see what people are writing about them.

This is a good way to find out how professional the movers you are hiring are, and what their reputation is like. And you can use this to also ask them any questions you might have. You can tell by the way they reply how professional they are. And whether you want to do business with them or not. Taking the time to check all the moving companies before hiring one will also make it easier to find quality moving and storage companies Ottawa offers for your move.

Go through the inventory list

Your movers are going to give you a moving list on a moving day. It will list all the things that movers are going to be moving to your new home. You should check is everything that should be on the list on it. And if it’s not let the movers know on time.

Also, keep in mind that if you have things of high value you will get a separate list for those things. Here too it is very important to check is everything on the list. Your movers will pack these things for you safely. But you can pack them too, but do your research and learn how to pack jewelry and other things. This inventory list will also be used to check all your things when they are brought to your new home. So make sure that all your things are accounted for before signing the sheet.

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You need to go through the inventory list and make sure that everything is on it

Confidentiality

While this is a standard part of most contracts, you might want to make sure that it is part of the contract with your movers. Especially if you have a need for it for some reason. With this in the moving contract, your moving company won’t share any information about you during the term of the contract. Things like records, documents, and other kinds of information.

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