What to check before signing a moving contract?

It is completely understandable if you are the type of person who shies away from all legal issues. After all, had you wanted to be surrounded by it, you would have become a lawyer, right? Well, even though you don’t want to, sometimes you will be forced to read, sign, and interpret legal documents. Of course, that is all purely for your benefit, as legal matters are not something to play around with. If you are moving, you will have to come face to face with a moving contract, unless you opt for a DIY move, of course. So, what should you know before signing a moving contract? Are there specific points to look at? As an experienced and trustworthy relocation professional, we would like to share some valuable knowledge with you!

The importance of a moving contract

We will for a moment assume that you have no idea why it’s of utmost importance to sign a moving contract. Although, every person on the planet should know by now that a moving contract will to some extent protect you from moving fraud. And trust us, that’s something you really want to avoid. Moreover, a person should always be careful when signing a document of any legal importance. Important details are usually hidden between the fine print, and you should never just read between the lines when reading a contract. Otherwise, you could sign something you cannot fulfill but will be obliged to do because of your signature.

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Once you sign the moving contract, there is no going back.

Important things to check before signing a moving contract

Signing a moving contract is the last step of your search for movers. Once you get to the actual signing, it means that you have found the perfect local or long distance movers for you. But not everything is as easy as it seems, and in order not to make the wrong choice (which you easily can, as companies have gotten smart in their fraudulent ways) you should make sure the company you hire has all the important qualities. And they are as follows!

First things first – license and insurance

The talk about the important qualities of a moving company could go on for days. But, one thing everyone will agree on is this one. For a company to even be considered, it has to have the necessary accreditation. That includes licenses and insurance. These days, every information is available online, so you can easily check your company’s DOT number, for example. Besides, you can also ask your company of choice to show you the necessary paperwork. Any company worth their salt will have no problem doing so. Therefore, make sure you check their legality before signing a moving contract.

Can they cater to all of your needs?

When moving, you will have many needs, and that’s bound to happen. You may need help with moving your parents so you will need senior movers who specialize in this area. Likewise, you may need auto shipping help as you have more than one vehicle and no way to bring them all to the new location. Rest assured that for your every need, a certain moving company will have a solution. It’s just a matter of finding it. But, this is something you should do long before signing the contract with a moving company. You don’t want to be stuck with a company that can’t cater to your needs, do you?

Are their moving reviews positive?

For every legitimate company out there, you will be able to read moving reviews. After all, people are all too keen on voicing their opinion and expressing their satisfaction. But, this is one of those things to be extremely careful with. Sometimes, the moving companies will hire professionals to write the reviews you read and think are genuine. How do you separate the genuine reviews from fabricated ones? 

A man giving a one-star review.
Is a one-star review a sign of trouble?
  • Pay attention to the number of negative reviews. A company that has only 5-star reviews is most likely the one involved in fraudulent activities.
  • Pay attention to the language. An average person will not write a review with vocabulary and grammar appropriate for academic work.
  • Pay attention to personal names. If you see any reviews where a person says that John was extremely polite while Isaac was careful with their belongings, be wary.

Look at the moving quotes before signing a moving contract

They may be at the very end of our article, but they are extremely important for your upcoming relocation. For those not informed, a moving quote is a written estimate of the price of your upcoming move. Now, we all understand that you will be looking for the most affordable moving quote you can find. Relocation is expensive, and no one blames you for trying to spend only what you have to. But, be careful – if you run into any offers that are much lower than the competition, you have run into a fraudulent moving company. Moving companies know how to appreciate their work while appreciating you at the same time.

Request an estimate before you sign a contract

There are two ways to go about this – you could take a free online moving quote calculator most moving companies offer on their websites, or you could request an in-home price estimate. As reputable professionals, we advise the latter. An on-site estimate is always a better choice, as it will leave you with a precise quote.

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Will you have to dig into your piggy bank?

If the price agrees with you, the only thing left for you to do is to decide on the type of the estimate. There are three types of moving quotes: 

  1. A non-binding estimate
  2. A binding estimate
  3. Binding not-to-exceed estimate

The only one who can decide which one is the right one for you is, you guessed it, you. But, make sure you come to this decision before signing a moving contract. Otherwise, you could be in trouble when your movers request more than you agreed to pay, and all because you didn’t bother to look at what you signed.

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    Pleasure to work with them We were fortunate to have been referred to Bluebell Relocation Services by a trusted friend of ours. It was one of the best decisions we made during our moving process. The movers were polite and friendly and delicate with all of our belongings. They were understanding of our situation and willing to cater to our needs in any way possible. Their expertise made everything run like clockwork. Our belongings made it to the new house without a single scratch or ding. In the future, we will definitely be suggesting this company to anyone moving. Origin : Clifton, NJ Destination : Rockville, MD Quoted Price : $1,800.00 Actual Price : $1,840.00
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    Epitome of moving The move couldn't have gone any better. The moving team really did a great job. I could tell from the first phone call that they were a good moving service. They were very organized and detailed and helped me understand my moving estimate. They accommodated all my requests and were on time for their pick up and it was a speedy delivery. Hopefully I will not be moving again anytime soon but if it does come up, I know exactly who to call. Origin : Newark, NJ Destination : Pittsburgh, PA Quoted Price : $1,800.00 Actual Price : $1,830.00
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    I couldn't be happier Bluebell Relocation Services made my move the easiest one ever. The movers were courteous when they showed up and they clarified the items I was most concerned about so that extra care could be taken. Everything was loaded and unloaded quickly without any damage to anything or any box. After moving in, the boxes were sorted exactly as I asked. I couldn't have asked for a better moving experience. I wouldn't hesitate to refer them to anyone needing a moving service. Origin : Clifton, NJ Destination : New York, NY Quoted Price : $1,700.00 Actual Price : $1,751.00
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    Complete service for a reasonable price This company was worth every penny we spent on their amazing help. The movers were incredibly hard working, friendly and considerate with all our things. Hiring this company was easily the best decision we made for our whole move. I just can't write enough good things about the movers and the company. If or when we move again, Bluebell Relocation Services will be the first number on our list. Origin : Clifton, NJ Destination : Hartford, CT Quoted Price : $1,700.00 Actual Price : $1,730.00
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    Moved for the best possible price This company is the best moving company I found yet. I called Bluebell Relocation Services for a quote and the sales reps answered all my questions before the move. When the move day arrived, the moving team was there on time with a big truck to fit all my stuff and more. All my furniture arrived quick but perfectly. The price was awesome, which in my opinion is the best you will find. I will definitely recommend them. Origin : Kearny, NJ Destination : Raleigh, NC Quoted Price : $1,954.00 Actual Price : $2,000.00
  • Avatar Paul Blodgett ★★★★★ December 24, 2018
    Professional moving company I was so impressed with the service of Bluebell Relocation Services. When I submitted a request for movers online, I received a response within minutes. They had availability the day I wanted to move. They also had the reasonable rates I could find. Service is not sacrificed for a good rate with this company. The movers were professional, friendly and fast. Highly recommended moving service. Origin : Kearny, NJ Destination : Aurora, KY Quoted Price : $2,000.00 Actual Price : $2,070.00
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    A delightful relocation I never thought that one could find a relocating company with the aim of making your relocation the best experience. That was until I used Bluebell Relocation Services to move to VA last month. They took over everything with my work being to listen to their funny stories and helping with identification of stuff here and there. I was so at ease with the whole process, a feeling I never thought I would have when having a long distance relocation. I can say that that was the best relocating experience I've had so far. Origin : Patterson, NJ Destination : Falls Church, VA Quoted Price : $1,900.00 Actual Price : $1,900.00

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I had to relocate my belongings many times in the last three years, and something always broke to the other side. I was so frustrated that I was even ready to do everything on my own, but my brother knew someone in Blue Bell, and he sent me his contact information. I was straight that I would not bear any losses, and he asked me to rest assured. I have everything relocated safely for the first time.
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David Warner
December21, 2020
My parents were shifting near my place in Omaha and were a bit confused about how to relocate everything. My friends suggested that I use Blue Bell services, and we called them. They gave me an estimated cost on the call itself and completed the service well within the time frame. My parents also had a great time interacting with their amicable workers. I am happy with their service and their polite working staff.
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Harry Dawn
December 19, 2020
Their service is unmatched, and so is their professionalism. I required someone for fast shifting and relocation, and I explained my situation to the Bluebell's manager. He gave me a quote immediately and began the process. I did not expect anyone to relocate all my items to my new location 50 kilometers away the next day. Blue Bell services have indeed proved me wrong by doing it very efficiently. I am impressed with the team's strength and dedication to serving their customers.
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Era Grass
November 25, 2020
The crew did an awesome job of making sure nothing was damaged. They showed up a few minutes earlier and were very friendly to us. I am very happy with this company.
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James Taylor
November 25, 2020
They recently assist me in moving out the one bed room luggage. This company staff member was incredible in conversation and perfect in handling everything with immense care. Surely 5 stars rating.
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November 24, 2020
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  • Avatar Casey Kelly ★★★★★ June 18, 2019
    I used this company 3 weeks ago for my move while I relocated with my family. It was a huge move. They had to pack, move and store all my belongings and they had to lift and move the heavy furniture and stuffs using the very narrow stair ways from the 5th floor. I was ready for some damage but nothing happened like that. Movers did extremely well to move all my stuff at the right place within the allotted time and in one piece. I am really impressed and happy with the service their men and also happy how their rep managed to schedule my move and my thanks also goes to the outside estimator for a very precise onsite estimate. I recommend Bluebell Relocation Services to everyone for all kind of relocation needs.
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    Bluebell Relocation Services is a good moving company I must say. It was very easy to communicate with them. They understood my requirements and gave me a pretty good deal. They sent their moving team first thing in the morning on the moving day. The movers were, efficient, caring and sincere. They knew how the furniture needed to be taken out of the apartment. I gladly recommend them because they have given me a smooth move without any damages.
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    Bluebell Relocation Services was an incredible moving company in all aspects of customer service. Everyone we interacted with was professional and helpful. On the day of the move, the movers were extremely efficient and great to work with. I am truly satisfied and impressed with their service provided. I would highly recommend them to anyone.
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    I was really impressed with Bluebell Relocation Services. They provided me multiple options and a great price quote. The moving team was on time. They wrapped and covered items like the contract says they will. They've been quick to get back to me, but have also given me plenty of time to make a decision. From the movers to drivers and each and every one was friendly and efficient. It was an impressive move. I will use them again.
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    I had not worked with Bluebell Relocation Services before but the praises my friend accorded them gave me an idea of what to expect. After making enquiries from their sales personnel, we agreed on the job details and he promised to send their movers on the agreed date. On the moving day, the moving team arrived at my house at 8am sharp with everything necessary to relocate me. The whole moving process was smooth and took such a short time. Now I can also recommend them.
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    Bluebell Relocation Services is a sure bet - the best moving company we have ever used. The team showed up promptly and packed and moved all our furniture with great care. Their pricing estimate turned out to be exactly what the move ended up costing and they were very pleasant to work with. I will always use them for my future moves and I would highly recommend them to anyone moving.