Commercial Moving Companies Washington DC
While it can be incredibly convenient to pay commercial moving companies in Washington DC to handle the transportation of your possessions, there is also the risk of something going wrong. There are some cases involving fraud with moving companies. Getting the proper paperwork makes it easier to avoid being taken advantage of.
Luckily, there are strict laws governing Washington DC commercial moving companies, which are regulated and enforced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). These regulations do actually require moving companies Washington DC offers to provide you with certain paperwork at certain times.
If you do not receive this paperwork, the best case scenario is that the Washington DC commercial moving company is simply irresponsible. The worst case scenario is that you are being defrauded. In either case, you should report them to the Department of Transportation.
What Is Required Prior to Work Being Done
Did you know that there are several documents that all commercial moving companies are required to provide to you before they even have your business? Before you sign anything and before you have agreed to pay for their services, you are required to receive four documents:
- An estimate for the cost of services
- A copy of, “Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move”
- Information about a neutral dispute settlement or an arbitration program
- The telephone number for the mover
If you do not receive all four of these documents, the mover may be trying to keep you in the dark. “Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move” is a publication by the Department of Transportation and it goes into deeper details about your legal rights. Additionally, there are several types of price estimates. Washington DC commercial moving companies are not required to charge you for the amount on the estimate unless it is a binding estimate, which must be clearly stated.
What Is Required When Work Begins
At the time the driver shows up at your place and gets ready to start moving your stuff, you are required to receive:
- A bill of lading
- An order for service (if requested)
The bill of lading is your contract, and it must be signed by both you and the mover. Once this is done, you are legally required to pay the amount on the bill of lading and the mover is legally required to perform all services listed on the document. When the work has been completed, movers are required to provide you with another copy of the bill of lading, which now should indicate that all the services have been completed.
If you would like to work with one of the top-notch commercial moving companies Washington DC residents recommend, contact Suburban Solutions today.