Your chosen movers should have experience moving the type of items and valuables you need to be moved, whether they are computers, antiques, or office furniture.
Check out a prospective mover’s American Moving and Storage Association Pro Mover rating along with any other certifications and ratings they might hold.
Make sure that you only choose a licensed, bonded, and insured moving company.
On the day of your estimate appointment with the move coordinator, make sure to provide details about any specialty items, such as particularly heavy or fragile items, which need extra attention. In addition, point out any obstacles that might interfere with the move such as stairs and elevators.
Consider your storage needs during the move. Make sure to reserve storage space at a secure facility if needed.
Timing Your Moves:
The moving industry has a ‘peak’ and ‘off-peak’ season. Summer is the peak season for movers. Besides, the beginning and the end of each month are very busy times for moving companies. Therefore, the demand for vans, moving equipment, and qualified movers is often quite heavy during peak seasons. If you are moving during a peak time, you should plan ahead and book your mover early.
As you plan your move, you should think of convenience for you and your whole family. Consider whether you have a student who will be transferring to a new school along with other personal factors that might involve your family.
Choosing What to Take With You
Before you meet with your mover, figure out which items you will want to ship and which will be discarded.
Make sure to inspect your entire home including your attic and basement before your move consultant shows up. Make sure to show the consultant everything that you will be moving. This will ensure an accurate estimate for your move.
If you have your movers professionally pack your items, then you will not need to worry about the stress and headache of packing before the day of the move.
When packing yourself, collect your packing supplies and boxes well in advance. Make sure to finish all of your packing before your moving day.
Change of Address
Send your local post office a notification that you will be moving.
Provide them with a change of address, even if it is just temporary, in order to make sure you get your mail without a disruption of service.
Questions to Ask Before You Move
Read through your rights and responsibilities and ask any questions that might come up.
Determine the moving company’s responsibilities regarding any damage that might occur to your belongings.
With your move coordinator, go through the pickup and delivery schedule for your goods.
Know how you will contact your move coordinator before, during, and after the move.
You should be present throughout the move in order to give directions and answer any questions the movers might have.
Be involved with and read through the mover’s inventory in order to resolve any questions or concerns about the condition of the items being moved.
Carefully read through your moving estimate, the specific order for service, your bill of lading, and any other completed documents before you sign them. Understand what you are signing before completing the paperwork, and never sign an incomplete or empty document.
Safely store the bill of lading until after your goods are delivered, any charges are paid, and all damage claims have been settled.
Do not allow the movers to leave before taking a look around your home and ensuring that no items have been forgotten.
Make sure that the moving van driver has accurate directions to your new residence or office.
Give the moving company and the driver your phone number and contact information in order for them to be able reach you at any point during the move.
You should be present throughout the move into your new residence in order to answer any questions or give necessary directions for the placement of your items.
If necessary, make sure that the driver has been paid before your goods are unloaded.
Continue to supervise the unloading and unpacking of your household items and furniture to make sure that nothing is damaged.
Before purchasing moving insurance and understanding the difference between valuation and insurance, it is important to understand the two basic categories of loss that could occur during a move. Neither type of loss is very common, but you should understand that one or both could happen.The first type of loss is the damage, marring, breakage, and other types of loss that are due to the mover’s or shipper’s carelessness, accident, or negligence.
The second type of loss is a casualty loss that happens because of things such as fire, storms, or other damages that could not be prevented by the moving company. This type of loss typically results in damage to not only your goods but other property as well.
Moving insurance covers the first type of risk.
The second type of loss is familiar to most homeowners and renters. Typically, these are covered by either a Homeowner or Renter’s insurance policy which includes cover for personal property.
A typical insurance policy has a deductible and provides coverage on either named perils or an all-risk basis.
All-risk insurance policies provide coverage for loss or damage unless specifically included. For example, wear and tear is typically not covered by this type of policy.
Named peril insurance policies provide coverage specifically for the perils (causes) that are listed in the policy. For example, the policy might only cover fire, flood, lightning, etc.
Typically, a homeowner’s insurance policy provides all-risk coverage for buildings while covering named-perils for personal property. Renter’s policies are slightly different and may be written to cover all-risk or named perils.