About 15% of moves this year are due to COVID-19. People in crowded cities are fleeing for open spaces and fewer people.
Moving is one of the most stressful things we go through in life.
Moving by yourself from one tiny apartment to another is stressful. Moving a huge home across the country with kids takes the stress to another level.
Your situation may fall somewhere in between, but it’s still stressful to uproot your entire life. Moving company services can make the move much easier.
Peace of mind does come at a price, though. Read on to find out what moving company services you should pay for that will make your move stress-free.
If you’re one of those people who stuffs everything in a garbage bag to move, you might want to consider having someone do the packing for you.
There are two reasons why you want movers to do the packing for you: speed and protection.
Watching someone pack a box is like watching a professional Tetris player. You don’t know how they make the space work so quickly, they just do. They can get it done in just a few hours, where it would take you a few days because you have a little bit of time each day to devote to it.
That lets you use your items (like dishes and utensils) right up to the move. You don’t have to eat out for 10 days before you move.
Professional movers pack everything just right for you, and they can insure your things because they did the packing. In many cases, if you packed the belongings yourself, it’s your responsibility and the mover won’t cover any broken items.
Antiques and Special Items
Special items like antiques, collectibles, pianos, and pool tables could get ruined in a move. The question you need to ask yourself is if you want Jimmy down the street to handle these items or professional movers?
You’ll find that professional movers are going to be worth the price to protect your most precious belongings. The movers will need to know the value of the item and the condition of the item.
You may want to have pictures of existing scratches and dents for your records. You can compare the images after the move and file a claim if there are any issues.
Movers do offer insurance for moves. You have the choice to decline coverage altogether, or you can get different levels of coverage.
If you decline coverage, then everything becomes your responsibility. You would need to pay to repair or replace any damaged items.
If you’re moving out of state, you will come across two types of insurance policies: released value and full value.
Released value is cheaper, but you get what you pay for. If an item breaks, you’ll only be reimbursed according to the weight of that item. That amount can’t be more than 60 cents a pound.
Let’s say you have a 25 pound TV worth $1,800. Under released value, you’ll get only $30 for it.
Full value insurance will take into account the full value of the item. If that same TV were to break in the mover’s hands, then you could have them repair or replace the item. They may try to offer cash to settle the matter.
Under full value, you need to list items that have a value of more than $100 per pound to ensure they’re covered.
Are you making an international move? Your belongings are going to have to be perfect and accurately listed. Your move could get held up or you could be subjected to duties and other fees to get your belongings.
A moving company can give you a checklist of everything you need for your move. You’d need to have insurance coverage, documentation to declare all items being moved.
Stairs and Elevators
Does your move involve a lot of stairs and elevators? If you’ve ever moved a couch or a mattress up a flight of narrow, winding stairs, you know how bad it can be.
Movers can take care of that for you, but you may be charged extra per flight of stairs.
It’s the same with elevators. Movers will use special padding in apartment buildings to minimize scuffs and other damages. It’s not as intense as using the stairs, but a small elevator could turn into more trips to load the moving truck.
If you’re relocating to a new state or country, you may want to get settled in your new environment before you move all of your belongings.
You can have the moving services company pack your belongings, store them for a few months, and then ship them out when you’re ready.
How to Hire the Best Moving Company Services
Now that you know the range of services a moving company offers, it becomes a little easier to find the right company.
When you’re looking for moving companies, make sure that they’re licensed in the state to operate. They should also have licenses with the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
You want to look at the reviews of local movers. Local companies have more at stake and will gove above and beyond to make sure you’re happy with the move.
Select 2-3 moving companies from your list and ask them to provide estimates. You’ll get to see their professionalism and work up close. You want to choose a moving company that you feel comfortable with and trust with your belongings.
Make Moving Fun Again
Moving can be a huge headache, but when you know what moving company services are available, the stress melts away. You can have them do just about anything you need them to do, as long as it fits your budget.
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