Know your Rights and Responsibilities during a Move When hiring any moving company, you need to be aware of your rights and responsibilities. This is especially true when it comes to an interstate move. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has set out a whole bunch of consumer protection regulations that are designed with your best interests in mind. Here at A-1 Freeman, we want to make sure that you know everything that should be provided to you by a licensed moving company, and what you are responsible for when hiring a mover. As per the FMCSA, your mover should provide you with the following information: An estimate in writing The “Ready to Move” brochure or link to the website Info on the mover’s arbitration program A written notice about access to the mover’s tariff The process that the mover has for handling claims A link to the FMCSAs “Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move” booklet The customer is responsible for: Reading and understanding all moving documents that are provided to them by the mover. Being available at the time of pickup and delivery of your possessions, or having a representative available in their place. Notifying the mover as soon as possible when there is a change with the shipment (moving date, additional items, additional drop off point, etc) Paying the amount agreed upon and in the form agreed to with the mover. Filing claims for loss, damage or delays with the mover as soon as possible, if necessary. You can find out a lot more detailed information on all of your Rights and Responsibilities at the fmcsa.dot.gov website. No matter which mover you hire, be sure that you’re well informed.