Moving can be quite a stressful time. We have all heard the horror stories about movers losing photo albums, damaging TVs, and leaving things behind.
Plus, the expense of moving is usually at least several hundred dollars, and when you’re moving cross-country with lots of things, it usually is as high as $11,000. Well, no more horror stories. Whether you are scheduled to move the following month or in the next half a year, get your boxes in a row with these tips.
Request that your estimate be guaranteed.
No one wants to be bushwhacked by way of a fee higher than the initial estimate following the job is complete. Look for a mover that will guarantee they don’t exceed their estimate.
Review your mover’s insurance policy.
Movers will often insure your items within the moving price. Ask if they calculate their insurance by weight or by the item’s value. Keep yourself well-informed about the several 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 extra fee for extremely heavy items, items that should be dismantled, gas lines that have to be disconnected, traveling along 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 once you receive your estimate.
Tip the movers. Don’t forget about tipping the movers and providing cold drinks for them. If there are one or two movers, the tip would typically be at least $40 to $60. If there are more than that add $20 per mover.
Compare your estimated value of one’s belongings to the moving company’s.
Review the moving contract for its estimated value of one’s possessions, and compare that to your estimation. If there’s a big difference, then consider asking for a different contract or working with another moving company.
Check the movers accepted payment methods.
Some moving companies accept credit cards – don’t assume your does. Know your options for payment before agreeing to utilize the moving company.
Get the premium treatment.
Some movers will provide you with packing materials as part of 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 happy 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 which don’t weigh a whole lot, like pillows, throws, comforters, and hanging clothes. Prior to the movers arriving, call ahead to ask the size of their wardrobe boxes. Calculate just how many you will require by measuring the clothes and coats in your closet. Be sure you pack your clothes securely so that they don’t maneuver around or fall off their hangers. Moving from New York to California may 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 certain the moving company does not have complaints filed against them.
To greatly help with the moving process, assign a color (use colored stickers) for every room in your new home and label the boxes with each color in order that the movers know where you can put them. Designating a location for movers to place the boxes. This can help things move quickly and efficiently which saves time and money, especially if you’re paying hourly.