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4 reasons why you shouldn't hire non-professional movers

4 reasons why you shouldn't hire non-professional movers

With the advent of sites like Craigslist and the mobile app Dolly, people have found a new way to outsource their moving needs. With a few clicks of a button, you can hire a neighbor or other enterprising individual to help you move an entire house, often for pennies on the dollar.

However convenient this new approach may be, it does have its share of complications compared to traditional moving experiences. And those issues could very well impact you and your family in the long run.

Here are four reasons why you should never hire non-professional movers:

"Moving services have to provide a copy of your consumer rights and responsibilities."

1. They don't have oversight 
Thanks to regulations put in place by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, every professional moving service has to provide a copy of your consumer rights and responsibilities. This handy guide outlines everything from contact information to the process for lodging a complaint. This is an invaluable form of protection non-professional movers simply don't cover, and if anything goes wrong, the mess is left squarely on your shoulders. Many instances of moving-related fraud occur because non-licensed enterprises don't have a set of rules to follow.

2. They never have the right equipment 
Moving can be a complicated process with a lot of different variables to consider. For instance, is your street large enough for a moving truck, or does the company need to make use of alternative transportation? Do you have stairs or some other structure that might prove cumbersome? The professional moving services are prepared for every eventuality, and can ensure these hiccups don't interfere with the rest of the move. Someone you hire from Craigslist simply doesn't have the same scope of equipment, and can't handle everything that might pop up during a move.

3. They don't offer protection 
If you're wise, you'll go for some form of valuation during your move. While not exactly like standard insurance, it does provide a similar level of protection for your belongings. The best professional movers usually offer a couple different forms of valuation, either full value where everything is covered or minimal protection, which is based on total weight multiplied by 60 cents per pound. Non-licensed movers also can't provide that much needed safeguard, and if anything is broken or damaged, the cost of replacement is usually on the homeowners.

4. They can't help with support 
Not only do most moves require a lot of different equipment, but many can also be quite involved from a purely logistical standpoint. While cross-town moves might not be as complicated as moving between states, you still have to consider things like possible lodging, dates and times for the entire process, how much gas you'll need for traveling and a suite of other important considerations. Professional movers understand the nuance associated with a move of any size, and can ensure the proper planning and support to make everything run smoothly.

When choosing a moving service, you still want to make sure you perform your due diligence, and look for a company with a solid track record. Atlas Van Lines has just such a prestigious history, and for nearly 70 years has helped families with moves of varying sizes and distances. 

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