What Residents Moving from Killeen Should Consider about the Valuation of Their Belongings.
The valuation of possessions being trucked in any relocation of a person, family, or business from Killeen to another locale – or from anywhere to anywhere – is stringently regulated by the federal government.
Yes, by and large, your moving company is legally liable for any loss of or injury to your belongings at any time during the haul. It’s also liable for loss and damage while its crews are handling your possessions in fulfillment of any other Killeen moving services you chose. Such services should be identified on the bill of lading: packing, unpacking, disassembly and reassembly, for example.
There are, however, limits to your moving company’s liability. Those limits are set by the federal Surface Transportation Board’s Released Rates Order. You can get your hands on a current copy of it here.
The critical thing is, know what options are available to you for the safety of your belongings. And know your Killeen moving company. Just because a mover makes it known his business is “fully insured and bonded” is no guarantee that your possessions themselves are automatically covered. In that regard, your local mover being associated with a major national van line is no promise that you’re protected either. In both situations, you might be required to purchase added third-party liability insurance. Your mover could offer to sell it to you, but he’s not legally obligated to do so. Ask questions when you first talk in order to figure out precisely what’s necessary.
Keep this in mind when you’re researching your choices here in Killeen: Two different degrees of moving-company liability apply to interstate moves – Full Replacement-Value Protection and Waiver of Full Replacement-Value Protection, or Released Value.
If you go for a Waiver of Full Replacement-Value Protection, or Released Value, you will, of course, get minimal liability protection. But you won’t pay anything for it. What this degree of protection does is limit your mover’s liability to no more than 60 cents per pound, per article. Obviously, that wouldn’t give you enough of a reimbursement to replace any item valued at more than 60 cents per pound! Items like stereo equipment, gym equipment, computer hardware, and computer software are thus significantly more at risk. That’s something to think about before you [[commit in writing to|contract with]150 any mover!
You could, though, have one other option: your present homeowner’s policy. Go over it and consult with your insurance agent to see if there’s anything in it pertaining to coverage of possessions during a relocation. If so, you may find the minimum level of mover liability coverage – Released Value – acceptable.
Just make sure you understand what level of protection your moving company is including in his quote: Full Protection or Released Value. That way, your move won’t hit you with any totally unanticipated surprises!
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