This month I wanted to focus on Moving into a new home. The process of choosing a mover can be complicated. I decided to consult with an expert, Moving Consultant, Jeff Horowitz of Bekins Van Lines, Inc. He said, “When you’re moving, it can feel like there are a hundred things going on at once. Every time you cross something off your to-do-list, you remember something else that you’ll have to do soon. If you’re feeling overwhelmed and you realize, “I haven’t even moved anything yet!”, then hiring a professional mover will take a huge weight off your shoulders.”
He supplied a list of commonly asked questions and expert answers. I hope you find this information useful as you create your Moving Check List!
How soon should I call a moving company?
The earlier you call the better. The more lead time you can give, the more likely we will be able to meet your preferred pick-up and delivery schedule and be ready to address all your moving needs. If you’re planning on moving in the summer, it is suggested that you have a mover scheduled at least 3 weeks prior to the move date.
What is the difference between hourly, weight, and volume estimates?
Local moves are normally conducted and charged on an hourly basis. Long-distance and international moves are normally performed by weight or volume.
Can I get a free on-site estimate?
Yes, upon request, most moving companies will send a representative to the residence for a walkthrough. If a moving company is providing an estimate without a walkthrough, the estimate will be less accurate. It is strongly suggested that you have a professional visit the residence to provide an estimate.
What is a binding estimate?
A binding estimate can guarantee, in writing, the precise cost of the move based on the services requested or deemed necessary at the time of the estimate. Due to regulation, some states cannot provide a binding estimate, but it depends on the logistics of your move.
What should I pack by myself?
The term packing refers to small objects and loose items. It does not mean to include furniture. The level of packing one should do is entirely dependent upon the amount of time, money, and energy that one may want to spend. You can leave the entire packing to us, pack partially, or pack everything by yourself. Most customers prefer the mover to pack all artwork, lamps, electronics, breakables, and delicate objects. When you receive an estimate from our relocations consultant, do not forget to describe all the items that need special care.
Will the movers protect my furniture?
Your mover should provide full protection service to all furniture. All furniture should be fully wrapped with heavy duty moving pads. Glass, marble, and delicate surfaces should be put in cardboard or wooden crated by the movers. When you receive an estimate from a relocation consultant, do not forget to describe all the furniture that needs special care.
Should I dismantle and reassemble by furniture?
You may if you wish to save some time, but you don’t have to. In fact, most clients leave all dismantling and reassembling work for the movers. The movers will reassemble all the furniture that was dismantled. When you receive an estimate from our relocation consultant, do not forget to describe all the furniture that needs special care.
Do my appliances need special attention?
Most refrigerators, washers, dryers, and other electrical or mechanical appliances require special servicing to ensure safe transportation. Any moving parts such as motors on major appliances, washer drums, or mechanical arms, should be securely fastened for shipment. Gas appliances need to be serviced and disconnected prior to your move. Ask your mover how they plan on servicing these appliances.
My new location is not ready yet, what should I do?
If your new home is not ready, you have two options from which to choose. One is to extend your stay at your old location. The second is to store your goods until the new location is ready. Most moving companies have a number of different storage options – whether it is a night, a couple days, weeks or months.
Are my goods protected against loss or damage while in transit?
Yes, but the customer should determine the type and level of protection. There are three available options: weight based liability; cash value liability; and full replacement liability. Our relocations consultant will explain to you all the protection options and rates, in length. If you have homeowner or renters insurance, inquire with your insurance agent about “in-transit” coverage.
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