What to Look For When Hiring a Mover

Moving could be a stressful time. Just about everyone has heard the horror stories about movers losing photo albums, damaging TVs, and leaving things behind.

Plus, the expense of moving is usually at the very least several hundred dollars, and if you’re moving cross-country with lots of things, it is usually as high as $11,000. Well, forget about horror stories. Whether you are scheduled to move next month or in the next six months, get your boxes in a row with these tips.

Request your estimate be guaranteed.
No one really wants to be bushwhacked by a fee higher than the original estimate after the job is complete. Find a mover that will guarantee they don’t exceed their estimate.

Review your mover’s insurance coverage.
Movers will most likely insure your items as part of the moving price. Ask if they calculate their insurance by weight or by the item’s value. Educate yourself about the different types of moving insurance, then ask about insurance policies when you compare your estimates. Moving.com offers a program to compare estimates.

Check to verify there are no hidden fees.
Movers may charge and further fee for extremely heavy items, items which have to be dismantled, gas lines that have to be disconnected, traveling up and down flights of stairs, and driveways that are too narrow (the movers need to transport your what to and from the truck instead of pulling up to the entrance). Have a discussion with the movers about these issues when you receive your estimate.

Tip the movers. Remember about tipping the movers and providing cold drinks for them. If you can find one or two movers, the end would typically be at the very least $40 to $60. If you can find a lot more than that add $20 per mover.

Compare Moving from New York to California estimated value of your belongings to the moving company’s.
Review the moving contract for its estimated value of your possessions, and compare that to your estimation. If there’s a big difference, then consider requesting a different contract or dealing with another moving company.

Check the movers accepted payment methods.
Some moving companies accept bank cards – don’t assume your does. Know your alternatives for payment before agreeing to utilize the moving company.

Get the premium treatment.
Some movers will provide you with packing materials within the cost of the move. Ask if the packing material will be included in the whole package before buying yards of bubble wrap. Many movers are pleased to deliver boxes prior to the day of your move.

Figure out how to value wardrobe boxes.
Wardrobe boxes have many functions. They’re fabulous for bulky items that don’t weigh a lot, like pillows, throws, comforters, and hanging clothes. Before the movers arriving, call ahead to ask how big is their wardrobe boxes. Calculate how many you will need by measuring the clothes and coats in your closet. Be sure to pack your clothes securely so that they don’t move around or fall off their hangers. You can also add in bulky items like shoe boxes (taped closed) and containers. Don’t make these large boxes overweight.

Check the mover’s credentials.
Check with the higher Business Bureau to make sure the moving company does not have complaints filed against them.

Take charge.
To help with the moving process, assign a color (use colored stickers) for each room in your brand-new home and label the boxes with each color so that the movers know where you can put them. Designating a location for movers to put the boxes. This helps things move quickly and efficiently which saves money and time, especially if you are paying hourly.

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