Relocating is not as easy as looking for an online store that sells Ferrari parts. How I wished it was that easy, but as we all know, it is one daunting task, that involves physical exhaustion as well as emotional stress.
Be that as it may, we can achieve a safe move by planning ahead. Such that:
10 weeks before the move, we can start asking friends and family for recommendations and search for local operators in the internet or phone book. Ensure that license and insurance information of those companies on your short list should be checked. Further, you can check bbb.org as well as movingscam.com for complaints on these companies.
8 weeks prior to move, an in-home estimate has to be scheduled with at least three companies. Make sure that you get the estimate in writing. Note that you can get different estimates: Binding not to exceed estimate is the best kind because you won’t have to pay more than the estimate and you can even pay less. Binding estimate is also fine as you’ll have to pay the exact estimated price. Non-binding estimate gives you a ballpark figure in which you agree to pay the actual weight of your stuff no matter what.
7 weeks before the move is the perfect time to call references given to you. At this point, it is the perfect time to visit the office of the moving company and ensure that the firm has a brick-and-mortar headquarters and their moving trucks are in good condition and labeled as such. You can then also ask to see the company’s insurance certificate and check for expiration date.
On the day of the move you have to go with the driver on his walk-through. Pay attention to the bill of lading and take your time in reviewing it. Ensure you get a copy as well as the inventory. The date of delivery has to be confirmed as well as the address and give your contact information. Make sure that every single stuff from your home is loaded.
On the day of delivery, it should not be surprising to you if the driver asks for your payment first before your stuff are unloaded. You have to inspect the boxes and furniture for obvious damage and if anything is missing. If something is, this has to be noted on the inventory list. The inventory list should then be signed as well as the bill of lading and get copies of both.