How to Hire a Moving Company
QUITE FRANKLY I WOULD NEVER USE A MOVING COMPANY UNLESS I HAD THE MONEY TO HIRE THE BEST
SINCE THE ITEMS THAT I HAVE CHOSEN TO KEEP, AFTER SELECTING AND TOSSING THINGS I DON'T NEED ANY MORE, ARE WHAT I WANT TO TAKE WITH ME. I WOULD PREFER TO WASH AND PACK THESE ITEMS MYSELF. I CAN THEREFORE NAME EACH BOX WITH ROOM TO GO IN. I CAN ALSO WRITE ON THIS BOX A NOTE SAYING THAT IT CONTAINS "MUMS JEWELRY BOX" SO I KNOW WHERE THAT PARTICULAR ITEM IS. That was step #1.
I personally like the PODS idea..no I don't have any stock in this company. Although this is not the least inexpensive way to move it sure is convenient. I like the way they will deliver the pod to your home, usually your drive, just make sure no one objects. I can take my time arranging my furniture and boxes making sure I put items I will no need in a hurry at the back of the Pod and making sure I have items I will need as soon as I move into/close on my new home at the front. Step #2
Now you are ready to call for the pickup and for several days you can store your pod with them. Just let them know when you would like your Pod delivered to your new residence and you can take your time unpacking. How great is that?
Below is the other way so continue reading.
Questions to ask: Are you certified by the ICC? Do you charge by the pound or by the hour? How much insurance do you carry? Are there any items you charge extra to move, such as china, pianos, pool tables and the like? Are you bonded? Can I call to find out the location of my things during the move?
Once you’ve hired a mover, there’s still more work to be done.
l Make yourself a checklist of things to do every week for eight weeks prior to the move. Stay as organized as possible.
l Ask your moving company to assign three movers to you—two to load and unload and one to guard the truck to prevent theft.
l Talk to your insurance agent about liability. Does your current homeowner’s policy cover your possessions during a move? Moving companies’ basic insurance coverage usually allows a set amount per pound per item, and it’s usually not enough, so find out how much the company carries and then buy extra insurance if necessary. Remember that most companies don’t accept liability for the breakage of any items you pack yourself.
l Confirm the arrangements with the moving company a couple of days before your move.