It doesn't matter if you're going across town or across the country, moving your home and family can be stressful.
When it comes to moving, first things first — get rid of the clutter! There's no point in moving something you don't actually want or need.
Once the junk is out, it's time to call the pros.
“Require an in-home estimate so the movers can actually see what they are going to be moving because, let's be honest, we all probably underestimate what's packed in our homes,” Angie Hicks of Angie's List. “Then ask for a binding estimate if possible, that way you're not surprised in the end –and a flat rate estimate is a great way to go as well.”
Insurance is also an important issue when you hire a pro. Most companies offer some coverage at no additional cost, but that may not be enough should something go wrong.
“All movers need to be insure, but that insurance is only at the rate of 60 cents per pound per item, so that is not going to get you very far,” says Jason Sherman, a professional mover. “All companies have different policies. Our policy is that we will stand behind our work, and if something does happen, we will make sure it's fixed and repaired.”
You may also need to make special arrangements for certain items, since many companies won't take a lot of household chemicals or motorized yard equipment if you haven't completely drained the fuel and properly prepped it for travel.
And you probably want to find out who's actually transporting your stuff.
“Be sure you know who's actually going to be doing the moving. in some scenarios, you might be talking to a mover who then subcontracts it,” says Hicks. “You want to know who is actually going to be doing your moving.”
Hicks recommends taking a thorough inventory of all items you're moving. Know the exact number of boxes that are being transported and take photos of as many items as you can. If anything comes up missing, those photos will go a long way in getting you reimbursed by the movers.
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