Thursday, September 3, 2009

Moving Can Be Stressful

There is no question that moving can be one of the most stressful experiences that you and your family go through and logistically there is numbers of specific challenges that you are going to need to address. MovingCompaniesOnline is going to take the guesswork out of your next move! As soon as you fill out the Free quote form you will have 6 different moving companies contacting you. We have already done the screening of these moving companies and checked their business record to ensure a successful move.

Once the moving companies get in touch with you, make sure to provide them with as many details as possible such as stairs, elevators, narrow drive ways, community requirements and so forth. These issues are considered hidden fees that you could avoid prior to your move. Ask the phone representative what will be the charges to pack your belongings. If you rather save the money, ask what kind of materials you should purchase and avoid using used boxes for your belonging safety.

After talking to several companies schedule for them to come over and give you a in home estimate (preferably 3 visual estimates). Don't hire a company unless they have actually seen your items and have given you an estimate in writing. It’s important for you to understand how moving companies set their rates. Most companies charge by how much your stuff weighs. Ask for written proof of how much the truck weighs before and after your items were loaded.

The federal government requires that the rates charged by interstate moving companies will be reasonable but go online to find an estimator that will tell you if you are paying too much or be leery if someone is charging you way too little. Tell the Moving Company up front that you want a binding estimate for the price they quoted you. A binding estimate holds you for the price they quoted you if it weighs more or takes up more space. Many people see their non-binding estimate skyrocket once their goods are on the truck and it’s too late to do anything about it. However be aware that the federal law prohibits a mover from charging more than 10% over the estimate at the time they unload your items. If it goes over the 10% limit you can pay that later.

Make sure you understand every detail of the contract aka order of service or bill of lading. Never sign a contract without filling in all the blanks. Confirm pick up and delivery dates with your mover and make sure it fits your schedule otherwise they will put it storage on your expense.

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