Moving- whether local or long distance- involves a lot of stress, especially if you are planning a self-move. There are a lot of moving companies that offer world class services to make your move easy. However, finding a reputable moving company can be a very complicated task. It is important that you carry on a proper research and choose a professional moving company that will make your move smooth and stress free.
If you decide to choose a professional company for you move, the research for the right mover itself would require a lot of time. Therefore, you must start preparing for the move at least 6-8 weeks before your move. Then there are several other things to be taken care of. These include what all items are to be taken, how to pack the goods, submitting changed address to the utility companies, registering children to new schools. It is extremely important that you plan and chalk down what needs to be done when, so that you do not miss out anything and there are no confusions at the time of move.
When choosing a moving company, get the details of the rates and charges that apply, mover's liability for your goods, different services included, from different movers. Then compare these and choose the mover that best suits your requirements as well as budget.
The mover will give you a moving estimate of the cost to be incurred. For getting the moving estimate, you need to give all the details about the move to the mover, who would then calculate the estimate cost of the relocation. Most movers offer three different types of estimates – Binding estimate; Non-Binding estimate; and 'Not-To-Exceed' estimate. It is advisable to get moving estimates from different moving companies, compare the prices and services offered before you choose the right mover. Make sure you get a written estimate from the mover. Before the estimate is calculated, the mover should be aware of all the items to be moved as well as the other necessary details of the move. This is essential to keep the final price of the move equal to the estimated price. However, bear in mind that no matter how precisely the estimates are calculated, there can be a difference in estimates and final price. Several unforeseen and uncontrollable factors can cause the final price to vary from the estimate.
The process of moving does not get over as soon as you reach your destination. There are certain things to be taken care of even after the move. First of all, you need to match the estimates and final price and verify the differences. Also, you need to check if there are any damages done to your goods. If there are any damages caused due to mover’s negligence, you can get the claim for the damaged items. However, you need to prove that the damages are a result of mover's negligence and not faulty packing done by you.