Moving This Spring? What You Need To Know

Moving can be a chaotic adventure. All manner of things can happen to cause the move to be anything but easy. Here are a few tips and things to think about when planning a move.

There are three types of moves. You can engage the services of a full-service company, one that will load up your furniture and other items at the old address and unload at the new address. There is also the self-service move which means that you will do the packing, loading and unloading, or you may choose to rent a moving truck and do all the packing and moving plus drive from the old to new addresses.

You will probably want to pack up your things yourself so you know where things are and that they are safe. Each box should be labeled with the name of which room the items inside belong in and perhaps a few of the most important items, especially if you know you will be hunting for them when you begin the setting up the sequence of your move.

If you choose to have your packed items moved by a professional moving company there are a few things to keep in mind. Here are some things you will want to know and have communicated with the moving company:

  • When are you expected to have your things ready to go? Getting confused on this question can cause real problems for both you and the moving company.
  • Make sure you have a signed contract. Get a binding estimate or a flat rate. This needs to be agreed upon and signed before you go forward so the company can't change the price later on.
  • Know who specifically will be moving your things. Some companies subcontract their moves.
  • Checking with the Better Business Bureau, or the BBB, is always a good idea so you know if the moving company is a reputable one and it hasn't had any complaints lodged against it in the past.
  • There is a booklet entitled "Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move," that the moving company should give you if you are planning an interstate move. If they don't, this could be cause for concern.
  • Take pictures as you are packing. Know how many boxes you have. Numbering them might be a good idea.
  • Consider placing those things that are impossible to replace, such as jewelry, wills, old photographs, or family heirlooms in a safety deposit box or moving them yourself.
  • Check your homeowners insurance and see if it can be a supplement to what you are paying.
  • Be familiar with the moving contract and know how the company is liable for lost or damaged items.
  • Be sure to wait until they have completed packing your things on the truck and sign the bill of lading. If you don't, you could be liable later on.
  • If you have any other questions, the FMCSA, or Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration should have the answers.


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