Planning a move can be very challenging. If your plans this summer include a major move, the Better Business Bureau recommends that you do some advance legwork to save yourself frustration, and possibly money.
Start planning your move at least six to eight weeks before your targeted moving date. Ask friends or neighbors to recommend companies they have been happy with for past moves, and check out the company’s record with the BBB. BBB now offers a service on our website (www.gobbb.org) called E-Quote, an online program designed to put you in touch with trustworthy BBB Accredited Businesses who can provide quick estimates on moving. Inform them of your destination and the timing of your move.
Companies will offer estimates to help you approximate moving expenses. Such estimates can be binding (the mover guarantees the price prior to the move) or non-binding (the mover estimates the price and provides final charges after the shipment is weighed). To assist movers in calculating the cost of your move, show them every item to be moved, including the contents of your attic, basement and garage. Ask the mover to explain the estimate in detail, and reach a clear understanding about the amount of packing and other services you'll require. Also, be sure you receive a copy of the estimate. Reach a clear understanding about the amount of packing and other services needed. Compare each estimate given to determine which one best suits your needs and budget.
Before packing begins, the mover will make an inventory of your household goods to be shipped. Since the inventory record is one of your most important shipping documents, make sure all copies are legible, and that all items are numbered, listed and described correctly.
Some consumers mistakenly assume that the moving company is insured to cover the full value of their goods at no extra charge. That is not the case. Unless the consumer makes specific arrangements, the mover generally assumes liability for the shipment at an amount equal to $0.60 per pound per article. The consumer may obtain additional liability protection, at an extra charge, from the mover. The levels of liability and charges for each option vary. Consumers should assess the various options, check to see what might already be covered under their homeowner's insurance policy, and then purchase the coverage that best meets their needs. If a specific amount of insurance is requested, that amount should appear on the lading/freight bill and the consumer should obtain a copy of the insurance policy that the moving company obtains. Another important issue to consider is whether the moving company has insured employees? Ask for proof of workers compensation coverage and call the insurance company to verify the coverage. To save on packing charges you may want to pack part of your belongings yourself. But keep in mind that movers usually will not accept liability for breakage to "owner-packed" items, or they may require that the driver inspect the cartons. Be sure to ask your moving company about its policy, and ask for advice on packing materials and procedures.
Making life easier:
Besides finding a trusted mover and packing there is a long list of details to be handled like finding a new home or apartment, connecting utilities, getting internet and cable service. To ease the stress of moving to a new city and coordinating all connections simply log on to www.whitefence.com and enter your address on the home page, hit search and within seconds a list of services and price comparisons for phone, cable, internet, and utilities in that area will appear.
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