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Checklist For Finding The Right Moving Company

moving-checklistIf it’s your first time to move long distances, then it’s probably true that you might be suffering from information overload as you are doing your research on the right moving company for your household goods.

You may end up inadvertently settling for a moving company that will give you more headaches to worry about during your relocation.

Here are some signs and guidelines you should remember, to narrow down your choices for which moving company to sign up with.

 

  1. Movers should visit your place – Moving is a very dynamic situation, from a mover’s point of view. You never know if there’s a piece of furniture or household goods that will give you some difficulties in terms of shape, size or fragility. If the moving company you’re dealing with doesn’t seem to be concerned with an on-site inspection, and is willing to give a low-cost estimate without even visiting, then sound the alarm bells. The offer probably is too good to be true. You may end up with some of your stuff mishandled to the point of damage or breakage, or more headaches as they ask for “additional costs” before they bring down any of your goods from their truck.
  2. Movers should be able to work with payment at the end of the service – Movers operate on a “pay when the service is done” philosophy (or they should be). If the mover asks for a large downpayment or cash deposit before anything is moved, you had better think twice before you sign on the dotted line.
  3. The Movers should give you a copy of “Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move” – This booklet is required by the Federal government to be in the hands of customers for moving companies. The moving company itself should provide the booklet. This is important when planning interstate moves.
  4. Movers should have a physical office address – This one is a bit obvious: if the website has no information at all on an office address, licensing or insurance, then move on, forget about the company, no matter how good their offer is. And if you think that the company is still a good option, double check with the local government agencies to see if the moving company is legitimate.
  5. Be realistic about what their insurance can cover – Don’t take the moving company’s word for it. You should ask them for all the terms of their insurance. Yes, you will feel a bit let down because there are some things they simply cannot cover with insurance. But at least you’ll know, and you’ll be able to compare it with the coverage from other companies. If they say they can cover “anything and everything,” you should be thinking if they‘d be selling you a bridge, too.
  6. If a rental truck arrives, instead of a company-owned truck, see if you can back out – If you really care about your household goods, the moment a rental truck is used rather than a company-owned truck, be very, very concerned. Always keep in mind the two next-best companies you have on your list, just in case.

Taking Your Car With You To Your New Home? Choosing The Right Company To Ship Your Car

If you’re moving to a new place, acquiring a car from someone far away, or simply need to transport a car for whatever reason, then it’s important that you contact an auto transport company. While it may look easy in the outset, there are a few guidelines to make sure you can get the best value and service for your budget. Here are some steps you need to do to make sure you’ll be satisfied with your auto transport experience.

 

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Get some quotes

Don’t just settle for one company. Compare transport quotes from at least 5 companies. Do make sure to input correct information as much as possible, so you have an accurate quotation. Factors such as modifications and cars that are not in operating condition may cost in the quotations, depending on how they can affect transport factors.

 

The lowest price is not the best choice

Some companies will lure you with an extremely low quote, and then scout out carriers who will accept the quote they offered to you, if no one bites, then they’ll get back to you to ask for a higher quote, and so on. They’ll do this until you get a quote that may have been the same as the others, only in this case, you’ve been delayed. Of the many offers you research, look at the quotes which are on the average or slightly higher side.

 

Do some company research

Scan through auto transport review sites and the Better Business Bureau, and the company’s web site, to find out more about them. See if the reviews are generally positive, and take note of negative posts, and what they were about. Find out if they’ve been around a long time, as many questionable companies resurface every few years with new names. Make sure they are bonded, and that the carriers are licensed and insured. Find out how they take care of disputes. All these points are important, just in case something happens. Remember, it’s your car on the line.

Once you sign, everything should be on “paper”

If you will sign up with one transport company, do request for a fax and e-mail confirmation. If you can, you should even ask for copies of the contract to be delivered to your doorstep by priority mail. Do reread all the fine print, and if something seems unclear, ask for clarification with them. It’s also a good idea to check with a legal advisor, if necessary.

Empty your car

It’s always a good idea to empty your car of all personal effects and anything else that you can remove. This will reduce its weight, and this can lessen certain costs.

Clean and inspect your car

Aside from cleaning out your car’s insides, you should also give your car a good cleaning on the outside, and then take note of any imperfections as you see them. If you can photograph your car extensively, do so. You should also get a copy of the inspector’s notes. When you do receive your car at the destination point, you can compare notes to see if there’s any issue.

How to choose the right household goods moving company

Moving away from everything familiar is already a big decision in itself, and this is made even more stressful by knowing you’ll be moving far away. There’s no need to add to that stress by having unpleasant surprises pulled on you by a poor choice of company for your household goods moving strategy.

Request for specific, written estimates from several companies

Realistically, they won’t be able to give you an extremely specific cost analysis unless they check what they’re going to move. However, they should be able to send you a specific cost estimate, or, even better, give you cost brackets and package options for your moving needs. And don’t go for the cheaper ones, as there are horror stories of companies like this who won’t offload your household goods until you pay for “added” or “special” costs. The low cost may have been a basic amount, without taking into account certain factors.

Operating licenses are necessary
Do check with government agencies, particularly if you have to move across states. If this requires that they have licenses for both states, then make sure they do. If you’re moving within the state, make sure the license they present is recognized by your local government or consumer agency, both for your current place and your new destination.

Check on their insurance and customer service

This is an uncomfortable subject to research on, but you have to do it. The first thing to do is find out exactly what their insurance coverage is, and if it’s okay with you. Don’t forget to check on the fine print. Also, do look for reviews on how they handle damage claims. You should also clarify the process for this with the company, before you sign on the dotted line.

There is no such thing as a “generic” move.
How a person or family moves from house to house is a very specific experience. Do check with the prospective moving companies, if they can take into consideration personal requests for certain household goods. For example, you may have a grandfather clock that can’t be collapsed, but is fragile enough that it needs special attention. Find out how they will deal with such a thing.

Do look for moving companies that also offer expanded services, such as helping you actually move your household goods into your new home, according to a floor plan you will provide. Some of them may even offer house cleaning options, so that your house won’t look so dirty once everything is unpacked.

Give yourself time

Do your research a month or two before it’s actually time to move, at the very least. This way, you can also discuss with the companies you’ve shortlisted about any special requests. Also, you’ll be able to find out if there are added costs, or services that they are willing to offer at an optional cost addition.

While this may be a bit tedious, if you properly deal with these matters, it will mean much less headaches in the future – something you need, since you also have to deal with settling into the new home as a family.