Mov­ing? A few tips to help!

Most of us at some point in our lives will have to pack up our belong­ings and MOVE! Those of us that have tack­led a move know that it can be a time of great stress.   Not all moves are cre­at­ed equal, the uni­ver­si­ty stu­dent mov­ing home for sum­mer is not equal to the Fam­i­ly of 6 mov­ing after liv­ing in a home for 10 years…across the coun­try.

If you are plan­ning the big move, have you cho­sen your mov­ing com­pa­ny care­ful­ly? Let’s talk about some dos and don’ts of find­ing a qual­i­fied mover.

When you begin your search for a Mover, refer­rals from a friend are a great place to start. There is great val­ue in first­hand expe­ri­ence of a job well done. If your friends work col­leagues have moved recent­ly ask them about their expe­ri­ence.  Both good and bad expe­ri­ences are valu­able.  It’s good to know who NOT to hire, as well as the pos­i­tive refer­rals.

Cre­den­tials mat­ter when you are con­sid­er­ing who to entrust with han­dling your pos­ses­sions.  Is this com­pa­ny insured? Do they belong to the movers asso­ci­a­tion? Do they have Bet­ter Busi­ness Bureau his­to­ry? Are they licensed?  Are their trucks and facil­i­ties open for your inspec­tion? Are they big enough to han­dle your job? Is the com­pa­ny and the work­ers bond­ed?  Have they been in busi­ness for at least 3 years?  All these ques­tions and more require answers that sat­is­fy your con­fi­dence.

Once the above ques­tions are answered to your sat­is­fac­tion the next step will be get­ting a quo­ta­tion.  As a home­own­er this can be tough.  Be real­is­tic about how much you are pre­pared to do on your own or in advance.  If you are going to need help pack­ing etc be hon­est and upfront about it and plan accord­ing­ly. If you have some­thing of high val­ue or that will need spe­cial han­dling, let the com­pa­ny know in advance.  Once you have decid­ed on what is to be moved, many movers will pro­vide you with guide­lines or a sur­vey that you can use to orga­nize your­self in advance of a quote.   Once you have com­piled all the infor­ma­tion, ask for a quote in writ­ing, prefer­ably a bind­ing quo­ta­tion.  An onsite vis­it by a Mov­ing com­pa­ny rep­re­sen­ta­tive is the pre­ferred method. Get all promis­es, quotes and con­tracts offered from the com­pa­ny and rep­re­sen­ta­tives in WRITING.

Even though this is a very busy time for you, take the time to read all the fine print on the quote and con­tract includ­ing lia­bil­i­ty details and poten­tial extra charges such as stor­age fees etc.   Keep orig­i­nals and or pho­to­copies of the con­tract and receipt of all pay­ments read­i­ly avail­able to every­one that will have deal­ings with the movers.  This mes­sage is sim­ply encour­age­ment to do your home­work and is not a guar­an­tee of sat­is­fac­tion.  Due dili­gence pays!

Once you have the dates set, make sure the home you are mov­ing to is secure. Make arrange­ments with your local secu­ri­ty com­pa­ny to have the alarm sys­tem installed and mon­i­tored before or upon the arrival of all your pos­ses­sions.  When you are new in a com­mu­ni­ty, espe­cial­ly in a brand new devel­op­ment you are vul­ner­a­ble to bur­glars.   Let’s pro­tect that new home!

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Allan Baum
Security Industry veteran with over 30+ years in the industry. Founded family owned and operated Protection Plus in 1994 with his wife and has overseen its growth since. In addition to working with his wife and son, Allan has assigned the role of Chief Canine Officer to his trusted dog Waub, who joins him at the office every day.