Don’t wait until the last minute to hire a moving company. Book in advance to secure your desired moving date from the company of your choosing.
The best way to get an accurate moving estimate is to schedule an in-home appointment. This way, the moving consultant can see the volume of your belongings before providing a quote.
Ask for a binding or binding not-to-exceed estimate to avoid surprise fees. Binding estimates will not change on moving day regardless of the weight or time it takes to move your belongings. Binding not-to-exceed estimates will either be less than or equal to the amount of the estimate.
To protect your items, ask your moving company what kind of insurance they offer their customers and what it covers. Also check to see if your existing home or renter’s insurance will cover your move.
To ensure that all boxes arrive at your new home, make a detailed inventory of the number of boxes being moved and the contents of each one. This way, if a box goes missing you know exactly what it contains.
Pack a bag with toiletries, several changes of clothes, water, snacks, electronic chargers and eating utensils to make it through the first night in your new home. Put together this kit properly and you won’t be digging through boxes for essentials after your move.
Before signing the Bill of Lading on the day of your move, read it over carefully, looking out for hidden or additional fees and charges. Also take note of the arrival time of your belongings so you have no surprises during or after your move.
If the weight of your belongings determines the cost of your move, go to the weigh station with your movers to confirm that you’re being charged fairly and accurately.
Clearly label your boxes with their contents and where in your new home they belong to assist during the unloading and unpacking process. Label boxes containing breakable items as “FRAGILE” to prevent damage.
Slowly unpack your home, starting with the most important rooms (such as bedrooms, bathrooms and the kitchen) first. In each room, the most pertinent items should be unboxed before inconsequential belongings.