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Things to Consider when Hiring a Moving Company

Posted on 24Sep 2012

Although moving is a quite well-known experience, given how often people move from one place to another, finding a moving company still seems to be the most difficult task. Most people are familiar with the benefits that moving companies can offer them, but if you don't do your research, you risk finding yourself in a quite surprising and undesirable situation.

So, it is in your own benefit to take some times to find out everything you need to know about moving companies. The truth is that even if this is the first time you have to move, the tips given in this article will help you get experience and understand everything you need to know about moving companies.

How much you have to pay?
It is a well-known fact that when deciding to use some kind of services, what people are mostly interested in is how much they have to pay. You should know that not all moving companies have the same rates; some companies will charge you more while others - less. In other words, some moving firms estimate their rate based on the weight of your luggage while others will charge you by cubic feet.

The most important thing you need to do is create an inventory list of all the things you need to pack and transport. This is one way to get a correct estimate of the company's rate. You should also find out whether there are any additional fees you will need to pay and whether there are some other services the company can offer you.
Some moving companies can offer you the option to pack your belongings, not only to transport them. If you have to deal with packing and moving for the first time, using professional services is a great way to ensure a successful and stress-free moving. However, have in mind that you have to pay for the packing services.

If you would rather prefer to save some money and do the packing by yourself, you can ask the movers for some advice and packing tips, which will help you ensure that your belongings will be safely packed.

Most companies will offer you an insurance policy that will either be a full value protection, which covers the repair or replacement of broken items, or a limited liability coverage, which values your items for damages at 60 cents per pound.
Regardless of which option you will choose, you should purchase an insurance. Apparently, the full value protection will be the better choice, since all your items will be protected with this type of an insurance. However, this is also the more expensive option, so consider your budget when deciding which insurance type is better for you.

Do a lot of investigation
Among the other very important things you need to do, you have to investigate the company. If you have any friends or relatives who have moved recently, ask them to give you a feedback and all the information about the moving services they have used.  Of course, you can also use the internet and read about the experiences other people have had with moving companies. Remember that word of mouth is your best source of information, so make sure to find everything that the movers will not share with you.

Hiring a moving company will save you a lot of time and energy, especially if you have to move to  distant place. However, you should be very careful when choosing the right company for you. 

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