Guidelines for Moving to a New Place

Guidelines for Moving to a New Place

Find out your insurance options. Talk to your moving company and your insurance company. It’s easy to take a casual attitude about checking your insurance coverage and all the details that go with it. You have a lot of options with insurance, so check them out. You want to avoid potential difficulties and escalating costs, so make sure you have the right coverage.

Explain all the specifics of your move to the moving company. It’s always best to have the movers and packers come to your home or apartment to do an on-site estimate. But discussing the exact details is very important. Make sure the movers know what types of goods you have and other issues that may affect your move. If you don’t, you’ll end up having extra costs when the movers get there and realize you have items that are hard to pack or move.

Get a signed contract. If it’s not written and signed by the moving company, then they’re not responsible for it. If you don’t have written moving quotes, you’re open to extra charges with disreputable companies.

Is your mover licensed and insured? For local movers taking you within the state, the licensing and insurance is governed by the state. Interstate moves are handled by long distance movers, who are licensed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. This is a division of the Department of Transportation.

You should get an “in home” estimate, if possible. A responsible moving company will never be contented with giving you a moving quote over the phone. If it’s at all possible, see if the moving company will come to your residence and give you a written estimate on your move.

Get multiple moving quotes. Just as you would do with any other major budget item, you should comparison shop. Some moving companies are more expensive than others. Base your decision on at least three moving quotes with different companies. Get in-home, personal estimates from these 3 movers, and discuss all the details of your move. Get him to include associated costs.

Find out about all of the charges. Many times, the moving company will begin to pile on charges as the job progresses. You need to know what to expect with these, to avoid argument and misunderstanding. You’ll want to look for several items in your written estimate, such as the cost of boxes, fuel, packing material, shrink wrap, and wait time. There may be other expenses, too. Make it clear to the movers that you want to know ahead of time about any extra expenses.

Don’t always go with the low bidder. Most of the moving companies you talk to will be pretty close in their estimates. If one gives you a low bid, say 40 or 50% lower than the others, run away. Unscrupulous home movers will deliberately underbid, and then make the money back by extra charges. They’ll even hold your belongings as ransom until you pay. Always, always review your moving quotes,  and get the in writing.

Check the moving company’s references. Most movers and packers will provide you with references. Just make sure you follow up on them, because often, the moving company will give you false references, gambling that you won’t call them.

Contact the Better Business Bureau to check on your mover. The BBB will often have a record on moving companies that consistently cheat people. When you have a list of movers you’re interested in, contact the BBB to see if there are any problems.


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