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Moving In Texas? The lowest price may not be the best deal.

By law, Texas movers must be licensed with the TxDMV. If you hire one that isn’t, you risk losing your belongings.If you plan to hire a mover within Texas, Local Movings has some valuable information for you. Whether you are moving across town or across the state, we want you to know that the lowest price may not be the best deal when choosing a mover All household goods movers operating within Texas are required to obtain a certificate of motor carrier registration and have proof of insurance on file with TX DOT. This includes major van lines, as well as local movers with pick-up trucks and trailers.  There are many moving companies out there, so choose your mover carefully. Shop around to find the best prices and services. While TX DOT cannot recommend movers, they can verify if your mover is properly registered and give you information about the mover’s complaint history.

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Local Movings provides you with a written proposal, which is required by law. This may be either a binding proposal, which states the price of the move, or a not-to-exceed proposal, which states the maximum hourly or flat price of the move, but allows the mover to charge less than the  maximum, For any mover to give you an accurate estimate, you must be clear about the items you want moved and advise them of any special conditions, such as stairs, long carries or elevators that are involved in the move. Local Moving’s proposal also indicate what forms of payment are  accepted, such as personal checks or credit card.

All movings companies must provide you with a moving services contract. This contract could be in the form  of a bill of lading, a work ticket, or other receipt. This contract should contain all of the information about your move including your name, mover’s name, and amount of mover’s liability for loss or damage of your goods. You should verify pick-up and delivery dates are correct on  the contract. Carefully read and make sure all documents offered by the mover are filled out completely before you sign them. A descriptive inventory can be done, usually at an extra cost that lists all the items being moved and their condition. The inventory will be done at loading  and unloading to inspect the condition of the goods.

All movers registered with TX DOT have a standard liability of 60 cents per pound per article. This means the moving company is only required to reimburse you $30 for a 50-pound television. You must ask your local mover about a higher level of liability (valuation), which will usually require an  additional fee. It is important to note that a higher level of liability is not the same as purchasing transit insurance. You should ask your mover if they can sell you a transit insurance, which helps cover loss or damage to your goods,however, the best option would be to  purchase this type of policy from an insurance company.

Local Movings is registered with TX DOT’S Motor Carrier Division, which handles all inquiries regarding household goods movers. 

Local Movings recommends that consumers check with the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) to make sure that the moving companies they are considering have their license. You may view motor carrier registration and information from our Website http://www.dot.state.tx.us/apps/mccs/mccs_search.asp

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COVID-19 Update

As a COVID-19 essential service, we are open for business and are committed to providing safe and efficient moving services to our customers.

Our Commitment to You

We are committed to moving you safely. In these unprecedented times, we take our role as essential service providers very seriously. We will continue to provide services while following recommendations from the CDC and the WHO while working to protect our customers and front-line employees.

Limiting in-person contact is the best practice when limiting the spread of COVID-19. While our business requires we enter the residence to provide packing and loading services, we can conduct the quote process via virtual survey.  While the staff is working remotely, they are available to customers, agents and drivers during the same business hours and in the same manner as if they were working in the office.

As you plan and prepare for your move, here are some steps you can take:

 

  • Rather than greeting the crew with handshakes, greet them in some other way, verbally for instance.
  • To ensure everyone’s health and safety, if you or anyone within your household may have contracted Coronavirus, or are isolating due to exposure to the virus, call us and explain the situation; in many cases, we will try to work with you
  • If you must cancel your move, be sure to ask questions about how we are managing cancellations now
  • Your health and the health of your family is important. If you are in a vulnerable group, over 60 or have a compromised immune system, schedule your move after the pandemic is over if it is at all possible.
  • Provide the moving crew access to a sink, soap and paper towels throughout your move. If this isn’t practical, and it is readily available, provide hand sanitizer
  • Purchase new moving boxes and tape; this isn’t the time to use recycled boxes from online sources and free sites or from stores
  • If you have not already purchased food for the next couple of weeks, you’ll want to stock up on items that you eat regularly. Any shelf-stable items can be donated to Move For Hunger before your move to lighten your load
  • When moving long distances, you may want to fly in to meet your moving truck. Be sure that you book refundable plane tickets and select hotels that offer free cancellation. Ask about cancellation policies before you book, and remember to read