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The Difference Between Professional Movers & Brokers
Discover the Difference Between Professional Movers & Brokers for Your Next Move in Kent, WA & Surrounding Areas
As you begin planning your upcoming move, it’s important to understand the difference between a household goods mover or a broker. Do you know what these terms mean and how they can impact your move? Keep on reading to learn more and see how this can change your move.
What is a Moving Broker?
As you plan any move, always ask the company if they are professional movers or are a broker. A moving broker is a service that can set up the transportation of your belongings, but these are sales teams, not actual movers. Your need for service is sold to a moving company that will complete the actual move. For example, all movers used through a broker are FMCSA (the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) registered, but the broker does not assume responsibility for any of your belongings throughout the entire process.
If you hire a broker, you must follow these recommendations:
- Is FMCSA registered
- The broker provides Rights and Responsibilities and Ready to Move materials.
- The broker has a physical office and location.
- There is a written agreement with their movers of choice and a written estimate from only the professional movers.
- Use movers registered with FMCSA.
- Give you a list of moving and storage companies they work with.
- The hired mover must see come on-site to see your belongings before the move.
- Binding or non-binding estimates will be set on the movers’ estimation.
What are the Risks of Hiring a Broker?
The biggest risk is not picking out a moving and storage company on your own. It’s important to do your research and go on the estimate to find the best professional movers for you. With a broker, you do not have that chance. Brokers can also not sell your move to professional movers due to availability, a low estimate, and more so you risk not moving on the day you planned.
While your move can be completed more than one way, whether you work with professional movers or a moving company, you can go to the U.S. Department of Transportation: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Movers Search to make sure the company is registered with the FMCSA. With this resource, you will be ready to start planning your move in no time.
Contact Western Van & Storage
If you are planning an upcoming move, contact Western Van & Storage. Schedule your first estimate in Kent, WA, and surrounding areas right away.
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WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS SAY
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Western in Kent, WA handled our move to Bellevue, WA in June 2011. I would highly recommend them. Every part of the move was handled expertly by friendly and highly competent people. The mover showed up at our house in Lenox, MA right on schedule, helped us finish packing, and delivered our household goods to storage at Western in Kent, WA without any problems or damage.