Archive for December, 2010
Moving is traditionally a prospect that most people find to be chaotic, expensive, and generally less than enjoyable. However, while uprooting your abode is rarely a walk in the park, there are a few simple things you can do in order to make your moving experience a smoother, cheaper affair than you may have thought possible. First and foremost when it comes to ironing out the wrinkles of the moving experience is to write out a realistic moving checklist of what you have to do, and deadlines by which you should complete these tasks.
Most importantly, you should make sure that you shop around for the best prices on moving vendors in your area of origin, as well as performing basic checks on the reputations of the vendors you might be considering. Looking up any moving vendor in your price range on any of the various consumer protection sites online could potentially save you a lot of time, stress, and heartache if any of these moving vendors show that they should best be avoided. Choose a reputable and cost effective moving vendor based on your research, and be sure to reserve a date for the products and services you need as soon as possible. Additionally, you should verify this moving date a few times between the time you initially make the reservation and the day you plan on moving. This helps to minimize the chance that a computer glitch or human error goofs up along the way with your reservation.
You should also write down deadlines by which you should have each room in the house packed up and ready to go on your moving checklist. This will help cut down on the panicky, last minute type of chaos that characterizes so many moves today. The more organized you are, the less of a chance you have to become another bad moving statistic.
Are you planning to move your family to a new home soon? Perhaps you have taken a new job in a new state, or you just need a bigger home for your growing family and are planning to move across town. No matter where, or why you are moving, movers can help make sure you belongings get there safely.
While there are many reputable movers, there are also many movers who are unethical. There are several signs to look for when choosing a mover that will help you pick movers you can trust. The first place to look is the Better Business Bureau, or BBB, website. This should be your most trusted resource. You should also look into any review websites to see if you can get an idea of whether or not other customers were satisfied with any of the movers you are considering.
Once you have picked movers who you think are reputable, the next step is to schedule an at home assessment of your furniture and belongings. At-home assessments are industry standard among good movers. If your movers do not offer to do an at-home assessment and insist on doing the assessment over the phone, you should consider finding a new company for your move.
On the day of your at-home assessment, make sure the moving company’s representative arrives on time. This can give you a good indication of how seriously your movers take their responsibilities; if the representative is late without a good reason, your movers may also be late on your moving day. The representative will thoroughly inspect all of your belongings and furniture and determine the approximate cost of the move within the next business day. The representative must give you a copy of “Your Rights and Responsibilities When you Move”. This is a booklet required by Federal regulations. All movers must give it to their clients during the first substantial meeting.
No matter how well you plan and prepare, your moving day is likely to be hectic. Some movers offer to box your belongings for you for an extra charge. While the price of boxing is usually steep, it can save you a lot of time and hassle. If you have the extra money to spare, nothing is better than having movers arrive and take care of your entire move for you from start to finish.
For many people, hiring low cost movers is a great way to get through the process of moving your things from one home to another while keeping your sanity and your financial reserves somewhat intact. However, when considering which low cost movers are best to help you with this endeavor, it behooves you greatly to pay particular attention to the reputations of any low cost movers you are considering asking for help. Once you have an idea of exactly how low cost you will need your low cost movers to be, start looking around online for low cost movers that fit your budget who work in or around your point of origin. You can usually accomplish this with a basic search engine query that includes said originating point, as well as the phrase low cost movers.
Once you arrive at the results page from your aforementioned query, start narrowing down your list of low cost movers to those that actually fit within the budget you have in hand. Take this truncated new list, and start cross referencing the names of various low cost movers with online review sites, consumer protection sites, and any other venue that can give you an idea of just how well or poorly you can expect a given outfit of low cost movers to fare. Look for the most reputable low cost movers you can afford, and be sure to make an appointment with them to help you move right away. Be sure to confirm your appointment on your moving day from your low cost movers of choice at least once between the time you hire them and the time they arrive to help you move your things. This helps to ensure that your low cost movers of choice keep you as a customer in the forefront of their minds.