Questions to Ask Before You Hire a Truck Driver for Moving

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Moving is very time-consuming and stressful, even if you are not moving very far from your current home, so moving across the state or the country is even more difficult. There are many details you need to figure out, such as how you will move all your belongings to your new place. Some people rent a moving truck and drive the distance themselves, but it is often a better idea to hire a truck driver for moving far away. An experienced truck driver will transport your things safely, and you won’t have to worry about hauling all that weight.

Questions to Ask Before You Hire a Truck Driver for Moving

You don’t want to trust just anyone with your possessions, so it’s important to ask the right questions before you hire a truck driver for moving. Here are some examples of questions to ask:

  • Can you provide me with an itemized estimate? Your truck driver should be willing to break down how much you can expect their services to cost, so there are no hidden fees or surprises.
  • How can I communicate with you? You need to be able to contact your driver to keep track of where your belongings are, so they should give you their phone number.
  • Do you offload to warehouses? Some companies offload your things in a warehouse mid-trip and may even switch drivers, but this means you have less control over who is transporting your belongings, how they do it, and when they will arrive. It’s best to hire someone who won’t do this.
  • What kind of moving vehicles do you drive? Some drivers are willing to drive any moving truck of your choice while some aren’t, but it’s usually better to go with someone who is flexible.
  • When could I expect you to deliver my things? After you give a driver the dates and details of your move, they should be able to tell you when you can expect them to arrive at your new place.
  • What kind of driver’s license does the truck driver hold? It is important to ask what kind of license your driver holds. Types of licenses include Class A (tractor trailer), Class B (any vehicle under 26,000 lbs.), and Class D (traditional car license). While most rental trucks may be rented and driven by someone with a Class D license, the truck becomes a commercial vehicle when someone is hired and paid to drive it. As such, the truck becomes a commercial truck and requires someone with a commercial driver’s license (CDL) to drive it. Your own car insurance will not cover a rental truck because insurance companies know driving a large truck is different than driving a car. When hiring someone to drive your large truck, you want to make sure you hire someone with a CDL and the experience to handle the truck throughout the drive.

If you need to hire a truck driver for moving, give us a call. We serve customers anywhere in the continental U.S.